The Thunder had an impressive run last season. They lost in the end to Miami, but I was predicting the Thunder to win it all this season. What happened a few days ago changed my mind. The Thunder had a great core group. Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka and Harden, All stars in my mind.
They just traded 6th man of the year James Harden to the Rockets. They traded a championship away with Harden leaving. Harden was their entire bench production. He was the spark that any team can ask for. In the finals he dropped down in production, but I would still keep him.
Harden asked for a max deal of 4 years 60 million dollars. The Thunder offered him 4 years 55.5 million dollars. He didn’t take it, so they traded him just like that. The Rockets did a great thing for the Thunder in the long run. They gave the Thunder draft picks, 3 of them. Since the Rockets will most likely suck, the picks will be high and they Thunder also got a pick from the Bobcats so that should also be high.
The Thunder now have a few 1st round picks and got Kevin Martin in the trade. The future is good for them, but I thought they had a chance to win it all this season. The Lakers are the clear favorite in the West.