Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
The Oklahoma City Thunder might have traded away a crucial piece of their championship puzzle, but James Harden's services were more expendable than Serge Ibaka's. I'm convinced that Sam Presti made the right call by retaining the power forward and dealing away the bearded shooting guard, but we'll see how that plays out in the coming seasons.
Plus, the haul that the Thunder got for Harden was by no means shabby.
Kevin Martin can immediately step in and score 16 to 20 points per game for the Thunder, making up for Harden's scoring punch in one fell swoop. Admittedly, he's not as efficient, doesn't handle the ball as well and struggles to understand what the word "defense" means, but he can still score the basketball.
The draft picks that the Thunder received for Harden and the other traded players won't come into play this season, but Jeremy Lamb will. The rookie out of Connecticut will score well from the perimeter and off the dribble while playing solid defense as long as he stays motivated.
You can be sure that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will keep him motivated.
Oh yeah, Durant and Westbrook.
As long as they're both healthy and in Thunder uniforms, OKC will be one of the title favorites.