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I'm convinced that James Harden could be a concrete piece in building a team's future, but for now he will help form a top three trio in the NBA with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Some may think that Harden should be plugged into the starting lineup, but that's not the case. Having his explosiveness off the bench plays a huge key in Oklahoma City having a valid scorer on the floor at all times.
Durant and Westbrook can each average 25 points a game to help the Thunder roll, but it wouldn't be out of the question to see Harden throw in 20 as well.
Harden can drive, spot up for jumpers and perhaps his biggest asset, draw fouls constantly. He's becoming a better ball-handler and could see some time at the point if needed.
Defensively he can create turnovers effectively and is becoming an option to take on tough assignments. He shows the confidence to really exceed his expectations and will earn his respect around the league.
His improvement on both ends of the floor will continue to be noticed over the course of the season which will propel him into talks of accolades, but most importantly he will help Oklahoma City in the chase for a NBA championship.