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The ideal player for the Thunder might just be the one they traded away earlier this year.
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: James Harden, Francisco Garcia, Carlos Delfino
Houston Rockets receive: Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III, 2013 first-round picks (from Dallas and Toronto), 2013 second-round pick (from Charlotte)
Yeah, yeah, I know I said no superstars, but this is an exception because of what might have been.
Obviously Sam Presti, the Oklahoma City Thunder's general manager, couldn't have predicted a Russell Westbrook injury, and it would be stupid to use hindsight to bash the trade now. But, man, if there's one player in the league the Thunder could use on their team right now—outside of Westbrook—it would be James Harden.
Outside of a great showing against the Memphis Grizzlies, OKC's defense has been very poor without Westbrook, allowing 104 points per 100 possessions (via NBA.com). But that's mostly been due to dumb mistakes and should fix itself. The real problem is the Thunder offense, which has become far too simplistic.
OKC essentially has two ways of attacking—throwing Reggie Jackson in the pick-and-roll or letting Kevin Durant play point-forward. That's it. Those are the only two members of the team who can handle the ball. No disrespect to Derek Fisher, who's been great offensively—and shockingly solid defensively—for the Thunder, but when he's trying to break down defenses off the dribble, it can be tough to watch.
Ideally, the Thunder would have another ball-handler who can create shots and also hit from outside. Basically, their ideal player would be James Harden. This isn't to make light of Kevin Martin's contributions—he's been excellent for OKC. But the majority of his offense is set up by other people, so he can't fill the roles that Harden or Westbrook did.
The Thunder are still a top-tier team since Durant happens to be really, really good at basketball. But his life would be much easier if this team still had Harden.