Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What if the OKC Thunder still had Jeff Green and James Harden?

Substitute Ibaka for Nick Collison...
Jeff Green had his ups and downs with the Celtics this past year, more often than not underachieving in his role as go-to-guy/ primary scorer.  Instead of being Boston's #1 option, imagine if he was #5 in Oklahoma City?

The Thunder got smashed at home last night by the Clippers in Game 1 of the second round.  This morning the announcement came that Kevin Durant won the league MVP.  His former teammate James Harden finished 5th.  Now let's go back in time and undo the Kendrick Perkins for Green and Kevin Martin for Harden trades (I realize the salary cap likely would have prevented Oklahoma City from keeping everybody.  But hey, we're already using a time machine, so who cares?).

OKC could field a lineup of Russell Westbrook, Harden, Green, Durant and Serge Ibaka.  Yes, they would be slightly undersized with Ibaka at center and Durant at power forward, but man could they run.  The whole game would be a 48-minute fast break.  Dunks everywhere.   And all five of them can hit threes.

Sure they might lose in crunch time in the playoffs, but how fun would it be to watch them score 130 points per game?

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