The No. 3 pick of the 2010 draft did not come with a lot of flash or hype, bow-tie aside. He’s been steadily under the radar and perhaps even under appreciated by the league and his own fan base due to the stratospheric rise of Kevin Durant and even the marked improvement of Russell Westbrook.
But if we’ve learned anything in the past week and a half, it is this: The Thunder need James Harden.
Since Harden’s hurt hamstring has caused him to be out of the lineup, the Thunder has gone 3-3. At first glance, this doesn’t look all that bad. After all, .500 ball is not horrible in the NBA and you could argue that it’s such a small sample size that maybe there’s no real merit in their record.
And that would be a sound argument…until you look at their level of competition and their record before Harden went down. Keep Reading…