Durant, we knew, was trailing only LeBron in player-of-the-decade debate.
© 2020 ABG-SI LLC. While having 16 months to evaluate where the league was headed held great value, it also would have given the Thunder another chance to compete for a championship with that same group and evaluate Harden’s long-term fit. Paul is called the Point God. He dominated summer league and arrived more prepared, mentally and physically, for a bigger role.
Durant left the Thunder in free agency in July 2016. MORE: Ranking the 25 best stars to switch teams in their primes. Their first playoff series came against a familiar foe in the Rockets and Harden. We never looked at it that way, like we could be best of all-time,” Durant said. (Photo by Sarah Phipps) James Harden was named Monday night the NBA’s most valuable player, and much was made of the Thunder drafting, in successive years, players who now have won three of the last five MVP awards: Kevin Durant 2014, Russell Westbrook 2017, Harden 2018. As it turned out, the NBA’s financial landscape changed dramatically over those 16 months. I went through the all-NBA teams of the ‘10s. OKC won both games in Chesapeake Arena, and his return left an impression on his teammates. LeBron was first-team all-NBA every season, so he has the maximum 45 points. Westbrook had morphed into an imposing every night force. In February 2014, the Thunder and every other team possessed more than enough information to see where the league was headed financially.
With Durant, Ibaka, and Andre Roberson swarming the smaller Warriors, the Thunder went up 3-1 in the series. Each of the three stole attributes from the others. But many consider him a distant third in the MVP race. Seven years later, they have only one NBA Finals appearance to show for drafting three league MVPs. Using the amnesty on Perkins would have washed away all but $5 million of Harden’s increased price tag that season.
The Thunder pounced, injecting Harden into a core that, years later, is now viewed as maybe the most stunning collection of young talent in NBA history, but also one of the league’s greatest non-title ‘What if’s.’. He was 23 years old, coming off a Sixth Man of the Year season and likely ready to step into a starting role. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook & James Harden more than just MVPs, Vote in The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll for Week 7, 2020 Oklahoma election voter guide: Everything you need to know before Election Day. But the business side of basketball got in the way.
Oklahoma City won the series against Houston in six games, but without Westbrook, the Thunder fell in the next round to the “Grit and Grind” Memphis Grizzlies in five games. Derrick Rose has 10 points, courtesy of first-team all-NBA selections in 2011 and 2012. That did not sit well with him. Harden told Durant he didn’t work out well for Memphis. Harden became the youngest Sixth Man in league history. Harden was traded from Oklahoma City to Houston in Oct. 2012. The consummate team leader. But he put that together with having a routine and being just…he always stuck with what he wanted to do, post practice, pre practice.
We were Just Having Fun.’ by SLAM Staff January 18, 2017
Free agent Kawhi Leonard wanted to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, but needed a co-star to join him. When the wind picked up from the south, it reeked of dog food.
In the Game 6 clincher, George scored a mere five points on 2-of-16 shooting. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/65/4/kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-james-harden-getty-ftr-110316_640lqph5exsk12vhr09kf9iaf.jpg?t=688696832&w=500&quality=80, NBA award predictions: Russ isn't our MVP pick, OKC rebuilds and revamps Thunder in Westbrook's image, share of basketball-related income dropped from 57 percent to 51 percent after the 2011 lockout and new collective bargaining agreement, Kings sold for a then-record $534 million, Westbrook is not happy about Durant questions, Mapping out how Durant and the Warriors win it all. Making the Finals in 2012 was supposed to be a stepping stone to generational greatness for the young trio of Westbrook, Durant, and Harden. With Durant healthy again and Billy Donovan taking over as head coach from the fired Scott Brooks, the 2015-16 Thunder headed into the postseason as the the No. When we did hear something about the group, it was like, what is this? He would’ve probably been the best Sixth Man that ever was.”. “He knew that was his group. With a little maneuvering, they also could have kept Serge Ibaka, the player whose commitment often is used as an explanation for why the Thunder could not afford to keep Harden, without facing down the NBA’s dreaded “repeater tax” for high-spending franchises. Perkins had passed his peak even by 2012 — his final season with even a double-digit Player Efficiency Rating was 2009-10 for Boston.
“I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. It rounded out the team. Kevin Durant faces the Thunder on Thursday, 121 days after he left them. Didn't quite pan out that way. The Warriors play the Thunder on Wednesday and the Rockets on Friday. If you want to argue that PG13 has clearly been a more decorated and better play this decade than has Rose, and that the point system is flawed, I couldn’t argue. The two sides agreed to a five-year $205M deal under the league’s new supermax provision.
“I just look at the numbers, man. The chances of re-signing him didn’t look good. OKC’s bet paid off big, With Westbrook taking a bit of a backseat, The Rockets’ system can actually get the best out of Russell Westbrook, Sam Presti lost a potential Thunder dynasty. Harden arrived in Year 2 of the relocation. "We were just having fun. According to Justin Kubatko of Stat Muse, Harden now has the most games of scoring at least 40 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and tallying five assists of the past 50 seasons. They started off the season 3-12 and ultimately finished ninth in the West, losing a tiebreaker for the final playoff spot. That same day, Westbrook posted a picture of cupcakes on Instagram. The Thunder’s first practice facility sat 25 minutes north of downtown — a secluded, converted roller-rink just up the road from a Purina factory. But there remained debate around the Grizzlies at two: Hasheem Thabeet or James Harden?
“Scotty Brooks had this rule: No fouls,” Durant said. All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents! Could Westbrook and Harden, who are 1-2 in the NBA in time of possession per game — 9.0 minutes for Harden, 8.7 for Westbrook — have shared the load? Thank you to the friends within the organization that took care of my family and I whenever we needed help. var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push([’embed’]); Anthony Slater is a former Warriors beat writer for the Bay Area News Group. Carmelo twice has made second-team all-NBA and four times has made third-team all-NBA. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman, Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. He recruited George, and then George requested the Thunder trade him. Making matters worse, this dilemma arrived the summer after the NBA installed newer and harsher penalties for exceeding the luxury tax, including an exponential scale for every dollar over and additional penalties for being in the luxury tax repeatedly.
Durant, Westbrook, Harden. It ended up almost tripling to a whopping $2.6 billion per season, but even doubling would have meant a massive uptick in the salary cap and luxury tax. Westbrook and Durant adopted the term in jest. Harden’s season has been equally as eye-popping: 28.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 11.7 assists. I think he’d have been better. Either way, the new contract would not officially count toward a team’s books and luxury tax payment until the last day of the regular season of the year that the contract took effect. They won Game 1 by limiting the Warriors to just 14 points in the final quarter, then crushed Golden State by a combined 52 points when the series moved to Oklahoma City. They quickly got past the Mavericks in five, then won three straight to beat the Spurs after falling behind, 2-1. Thank you to the fans who make representing those 3 letters mean something. Log in or subscribe to read and leave comments. Oklahoma City hung around in Game 7, but eventually perished thanks to a 36-point Stephen Curry night. “If you look back at those years — 2010, 2011, 2012, right before James left — all of us were in the best shape of our lives. The initial promise of the great Thunder dynasty had long faded, but Westbrook’s departure completed the franchise’s deconstruction. Via Lee Jenkins’ Sports Illustrated feature: When Kendrick Perkins played center for the Thunder, he called teammates “cupcake” if he thought they were acting a little soft. ‘He’s the heart, he’s what makes us go.’ That’s what his label would’ve been, instead of just Sixth Man. That first year together — all still of college age — they led the Thunder to 50 wins and a playoff berth. At 21, he was already one of the league’s most productive bench players. Houston guard Patrick Beverley lunged for the ball at the same time, colliding with Westbrook’s knee.
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