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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by MtownGator, May 16, 2013.
Depressing take on the Thunder season.
I am one of those who, as a Miami fan, said I get a great sense of comfort about the challenge OKC presents to Miami (if they can make the Finals, of course) every time I see a boxscore with Westbrook taking more shots than Durant. And, I still feel that way.
That did not mean I thought they'd be better off without Westbrook. He's a fantastic talent, and they need him. But, I think they'd be better off if he didn't take so many shots - many of them very difficult shots.
Absolutely. Good comment. Just because they are better with RW doesn't mean there aren't things both KD and RW need to learn.
The grantland article is absolutely spot on. This team is worse than it was a year ago no matter what the regular season stats are. A trade did not have to be made. They could have paid Harden the 60 million he wanted, but it would have meant paying luxury tax. To the owner of OKC it was more important to save money than compete with Miami.
In the end they traded Harden for the following: Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin, two first rounders, and a second rounder. They better hope those two first rounders turn into gold because otherwise they got bamboozled (especially if Martin doesn't resign).
Don't expect to see Martin back in an OKC uniform.
You're killin me smalls lol , but I hate to have to agree somewhat.
For Memphis though this is as far as they've ever made it so it's all good from here.
As far as the finals -- ughhh Who can stop the HEAT-
My best guess is only themselves.
As expected, Martin is officially no longer an OKC player.
OKC used its two draft picks this year for Steven Adams and Alex Abrines. They still have one 1st round pick left. Houston certainly won big in this trade and OKC you can see did this move purely for monetary reasons. Other teams around them are getting better (like Houston) and they are getting worse. After the OKC/Miami championship it was easy to say we may be seeing that matchup multiple times over the next few years. Now it looks like that was the OKC peak.
Unfortunately it's looking like the business aspect of the NBA will hurt Durant's legacy.
Yep. I hope he and Westbrook leave OKC when their contracts are up. If you're not willing to paying a few million extra for a title chance, then there's no way they'll ever seriously compete again.
I think Scott Brooks is the biggest thing holding back Durant right now.