Re: James Harden Traded
posted at 10/28/2012 11:40 AM EDT
Yes, Martin is a nice player. He is averaging 16.5 pts in the pre-season.(And the lakers wanted him in the summer for Bynum....if memory serves) But, let us not forget that the Thunder also got Jeremy Lamb in this deal. The Rockets had 3 picks in the first round, and Lamb was their first pick. He averaged 6 ppg in the pre-season.........that is an average of 22.7 points that the Thunder got for the Beard.
The Celtics took the Heat to 7 games last year. Our bench was Dooling, Pietrus, Daniels, Hollins and Steamer. We replaced it with Barbosa/Bradley, Terry, Green, Bass (before season is over), Wilcox/Darko/Collins/Melo.....MAJOR upgrades.
Similarly, the Thunder, already one of the youngest teams in the leauge, made it to the Finals with a bench of (basically) Fisher, Harden and Collison. They have replaced that with Maynor, Lamb, Martin, PJIII (9.8 ppg pre-season) and Collison. MAJOR upgrade. This team is scary. Perspective - Perk is the elder stateman on the team with 9 years in the league, followed by Martin!
Last but not least, one of the picks they acquried is TORONTO'S.....it's top 3 protected!!!!
Who got the better of this deal.................the Western Conference Champs....again!!