Sport James Harden compares Rockets to his Thunder team that reached NBA Finals

02:21  14 september  2017
02:21  14 september  2017 Source:   Sportsnaut

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He was about to reach to his prime, he Moreover, Rockets would lose much more games than OKC Thunder and in that picture Harden could only be a Monta Ellis or a Kevin Martin of a few years ago in a mediocre team that fills up the stat sheet day and night but it does not translate into wins or anything.

James Harden helped the Thunder reach the NBA Finals last season, but his coming contract extension would have pushed Oklahoma City into luxury tax territory. So he was traded to the Rockets . (Photo: Mark D. Smith, US Presswire).

Harden sees some parallels with his current team and the team that made him famous.© Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Harden sees some parallels with his current team and the team that made him famous.

The firepower that James Harden will be entering the coming NBA season with is giving him some major Throwback Thursday vibes.

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In an interview with Michael Pina of VICE Sports that ran on Wednesday, the All-Star guard compared the new-and-improved Houston Rockets with Chris Paul to his 2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder team.

“Both teams are similar as far as talent and versatility, a mixture of vets and young guys. Both are very, very, very talented,” said Harden. “Now, obviously, the difference is we were younger back then, but both are good.”

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By his third season, in 2012, the Thunder reached the NBA Finals , where they lost to the James --led Miami Heat. The trio tempered that defeat by winning a gold medal together at that summer's London Olympics.

After losing in the NBA Finals , Oklahoma City isn't content to keep its roster in tact. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Thunder trade James Harden to Rockets .

It may be tough to live up to that unforgettable Thunder squad that Harden shared with the likes of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Serge Ibaka. The Thunder also made the Finals that year, bulldozing through the Western Conference and staying competitive in four of five games against the eventual champion Miami Heat (and at the height of Miami’s Big Three era no less).

But Harden is now light years ahead of the player he was back then, and the Rockets could easily be the best non-Warriors team in the West next season. Some of their other acquisitions this offseason besides CP3 (Luc Mbah a Moute, PJ Tucker, etc.) will create some essential positional and defensive versatility as well, so it’s easy to see why Harden and the rest of the team are excited for what the 2017-18 campaign holds for them.

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NBA Team Pages 76ers Bobcats Bucks Bulls Cavaliers Celtics Clippers Grizzlies Hawks Heat Hornets Jazz Kings Knicks Lakers Magic Mavericks Nets Nuggets Pacers Pistons Raptors Rockets Spurs Suns Thunder Timberwolves Trail Blazers But now, Harden stands on a level above his former team .

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