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Thunder's Kevin Martin close replacement for Harden

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10:23 AM ET 10.31 | The Oklahoma City Thunder surprised a lot of people last week trading James Harden to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb. Losing Harden will certainly hurt the Thunder in a lot of places, but the additions of Martin and Lamb, as well as Eric Maynor and Perry Jones III, could lessen the blow. Harden gave the Thunder 16.8 points in 31.4 minutes per game last year. He was also one of the most efficient scorers in the league and lethal pick-and-roll players. That's not easy to replace and the Thunder won't replace it perfectly, but they could come close.

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Kevin Martin, Rocky Widner Kevin Martin, Rocky Widner
October 31, 2012  01:36 PM ET

Thunder management made the correct move, I said it before and I will say it again.

October 31, 2012  01:59 PM ET
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Thunder management made the correct move, I said it before and I will say it again.

We'll see how Durant feels about that in a few months..not saying you are wrong bc I agree. You weren't going to 'max' him so get max value in return

October 31, 2012  02:18 PM ET

Martin is a very good offensive player...but his defense is horrible. And the Thunder could use some more D

October 31, 2012  02:48 PM ET
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Martin is a very good offensive player...but his defense is horrible. And the Thunder could use some more D

Harden is a terrible defender as well too....

October 31, 2012  02:49 PM ET
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We'll see how Durant feels about that in a few months..not saying you are wrong bc I agree. You weren't going to 'max' him so get max value in return

Yea they got crazy value in return man, The draft picks put it over the top to me. For a guy getting 17 a game and plays no defense plus choked heavily in the finals?

October 31, 2012  02:54 PM ET
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Yea they got crazy value in return man, The draft picks put it over the top to me. For a guy getting 17 a game and plays no defense plus choked heavily in the finals?

LOL! I know right..I guess Sam Presti really is DAT DUDE! When I saw the names AND the picks I was stunned. Kevin Martin is arguably equal to Harden, then you throw in a few more young guys and picks...its a no brainer. Personally, I think its short-sighted of Harden to do this. His profile would only be raised as a member of a winning team like OKC. Not to mention he will never have the real spotlight that he seeks as long as Lin-sanity is alive and kickin...another guy who took 8 million over the chance to be on a perennial winner. SMH..why not take 52 Million and possibly win multiple titles over 60 Million and yearly 1st round exits??

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October 31, 2012  03:27 PM ET
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LOL! I know right..I guess Sam Presti really is DAT DUDE! When I saw the names AND the picks I was stunned. Kevin Martin is arguably equal to Harden, then you throw in a few more young guys and picks...its a no brainer. Personally, I think its short-sighted of Harden to do this. His profile would only be raised as a member of a winning team like OKC. Not to mention he will never have the real spotlight that he seeks as long as Lin-sanity is alive and kickin...another guy who took 8 million over the chance to be on a perennial winner. SMH..why not take 52 Million and possibly win multiple titles over 60 Million and yearly 1st round exits??

Yea you and me both we stunned. Lin I think will have marginal success in that Rockets lineup so I actually argue that Harden does put up some monster numbers however inefficient and in losing efforts. Thia move has officially sunk the Rockets for years to come in my opinion, They got no better and the future due to the picks given away is quite dim. I do not have a problem with him chasing money because this is a business and I think that Harden felt slighted that they basically chose Ibaka over him. However had he performed at even normal Harden level in the finals I don't think we would even be having this conversation. They take the tax hit and sign him no doubts

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October 31, 2012  04:12 PM ET
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OKC got a windfall back for their 6th manmartin is a proven 20 point scorer in the league- and he can get his own shot

And he will.....at the expense of the big 2 LOL.

Martin is a ball hog.

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October 31, 2012  05:58 PM ET

I wonder if Martin can play the same disappearing act that Harden did in the Finals

 
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