seems like everyone wants them to pick Harden, but I like the backcourt of Westbrook(penetrator), Sefolosha(defender), and Durant(scorer). The real need is in the front court.
Thabeet seems like he's going to Memphis, Rubio i don't think goes good with Westbrook, so I'd trade down and take Jordan Hill.
I just think his energy and defensive capabilites will really help this team out then any guard could.
i think the thunder would take rubio in that situation and trade him for a player or players they could use Down low. They need a blocker could nick collision is gettin up there and swift is injury prone
COLLISON IS ONLY 28YEARS OLD!!!!! hes a solid shot blocker rebounder off the pine. great role player
If rubio was still there they should trade the pick for a player and hopefully another pick to still get Hill, maybe Washington for Mcgee?
He would fit perfectly into the Thunder's backcourt. He can shoot the three, make plays for others, get to the free-throw line, and is a team player. The problem with Rubio is that he is too tournover prone and he can't shoot very well, which matches the weaknesses of Westbrook. Besides, Westbrook needs to have the ball in his hands in order to be a playmaker, I'd compare him to Barbosa. I believe that the Thunder would like to start Durant at power forward becasue of all the mismatches he can create at that position. It gives him the opportunity to go inside-out. Eventually he will develop into a 30-10, unstoppable force. With Green filling the small forward position there is not much room for Hill except to come off the bench, and that is not what you want out of the 5th pick. I like him as an energy player, in the mold of a Ronny Turiaf (only better offensively). So Harden would be a great pick at number 3, as well as Thabeet for his inside defensive presence if he is still there.
Another possiblity is to trade down a few spots and pick Stephen Curry. He can shoot lights out and spread the floor for Durant, Green, and Westbrook. In addition, he can man the point guard position and is a smart decision maker. I think he would make an excellent fit for the Thunder.
Will NEVER play the 4 consistently. He might play there here and there in some rare instances, but hes just not strong enough to play there a lot. Harden's a good choice because hes a smart player and fills a need for scoring at the SG position. He would excel as a 3rd/4th option on a team because he wouldnt see any double teams like he did in college. However, if Rubio is there, I dont think you pass on a talent like him, even if you intend to trade him. The smart play is to draft Rubio and maybe trade him to the Kings for the next pick and Thompson/Hawes. Then youd have a low post presence and Harden.
Harden is a good selection at 3. He will be able to bring offense with his shooting and driving ability. He is also good at finding the open man, as he demonstrated at Arizona St, while facing double teams all year. I also believe he is the most NBA ready player in this draft, which means he will have an immediate impact, unlike Thabeet where I think there would be a big learning curve. Harden won't come in and play 35 minutes a game right away, so Thabo will still get playing time off the bench.
i agree with ccmbball.. Harden will make the biggest impact out of all the rookies right away (well maybe griffin)... When the Thunder were the Sonics, they were drafting a lot of projects and drafted them on potential.. That's exactly what they would do if they drafted Thabeet, and I believe that they should have to wait. I say draft Harden, and then trade for a young athletic big man who can be a pressence like Kamen or McGee (well maybe not McGee yet) with the 25th pick and one of our other point guards like Watson or Atkins or both
Harden should be a good choice at the 2 spot. In addition, he gives the Thunder another lethal scoring option. Westbrook, Harden, Durant, Green & Collison. That should be a young core group to work with in years to come. But on the other hand, going into the off-season, the OKC Thunder have some good cap space due the trade for expiring contracts with NYK (Wilcox - Rose, etc.). With that good cap space, they should sign a big man (Rasheed maybe?) in the free agent market. In addition, getting a point guard with their pick should only add problems when they already have Westbrook who has played great in his NBA rookie season.
Yeah Collison is not old. Harden is the ideal pick. He has the ability to be a very good player and it would be crazy if he did not turn out to be a top 10 shooting guard eventually. I think they would have an outstanding backcourt roation with Westbrook and Harden with the defensive studs Livingston and Sefolosha coming off the bench. I was watching espn classics the other day and during the 2006 playoffs, Livingston completely locked down Nash. I know he hurt his leg, but I look forward to watching Livingston play great defense for you guys next year.
Harden is a great player who is nba ready. He is strong and a freakish scorer. I wish they would have swaped picks with the twolves and so they could have gotten Jordan Hill. they would have a great team
and then the twolves would have rubio and harden... which would better great for them.
HIll would have been a good fit but they are a ways away from winning anyway and now they have a really really good shooting guard for the future. He could end up like Roy I think but maybe a little less athletic.
A GOOD FIT FOR THE THUNDER NOW HAVING DRAFTED JAMES HARDEN PLUS ACQUIRING BJ MULLENS IN A DRAFT DAY TRADE NOW YOU HAVE A YOUNG NUCLEUS FOR THE NEXT YEARS NOW THEY NEED TO TRY TO DISH OUT PLAYERS SUCH AS WILKINS AND ROBERT SWIFT BUT DO KEEP WATSON SO HE COULD BE WESTBROOKS MENTOR... C MULLENS
NOW THEY NEED SOME VETERANS TO HELP THEM COME ALONG AND CLICK TOGETHER PLUS YOU HAVE SEFOLOSHA AND KRISTIC A GREAT SIGNEE THIS OFFSEASON WOULD BE DREW GOODEN AND RON ARTEST GET THIS TEAM TO BE MORE PHYSICAL ...