#ThunderRank – A look at the top 17 players for the Thunder and how their seasons might shake out
October 27, 2012. Memorable to me for several reasons. First off, it is the date of birth of one of my children. Secondly, OU was facing off against Notre Dame in Norman. After being down for much of the game, OU was finally starting to make a comeback in the fourth quarter. As is usually the case with most red-blooded Americans, I was watching the game while also going through my social media on my phone.
Then a weird tweet popped up on my timeline. “Harden, wow!”, was all it said. After further researching, I found out, like most of the sports world, that James Harden had been traded to the Houston Rockets. The shock and awe of the trade would last about four years. Sports writers would ridicule the trade. Media pundits would bash Oklahoma City Thunder ownership for exhibiting cheap tendencies. And the Thunder, who were just coming off a trip to the Finals, would never return to the promise land. Keep Reading…