Found December 28, 2012 on Around the Arc:
Despite early concern surrounding the trade of James Harden (including from yours truly) the Oklahoma City Thunder seem to be doing pretty well so far this season without the bearded one providing instant offense off of the bench. They are still the team to beat in the West, and have a great shot at a return trip to the Finals this coming summer.  Kevin Martin has provided solid O off the bench, and has taken off some of the scoring load that weighs heavily on Durant and Westbrook.With that being said, James Harden seems to be doing pretty well for himself.  It seems that maybe Harden felt he couldn't develop into a full-fledged superstar sharing the shine with Russ and KD, and that he was capable of being a team's go-to-guy, which he has done his best to prove correct so far this season.Harden is straight beasting in Houston, finally giving the League a glimpse of his full ability, as he seems to be thriving as the focal point of the Rocket's offense.  Yes, both si...
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