Did the Thunder know what they had when they let Harden go?
Reggie in 1st year with significant minutes (age 23):
18/6/5 on 48%
Harden in 1st year with significant minutes (age 21):
16/4/3 on 44%
Looks like reggie has him beat in ever category in the same number of minutes. I don't think Reggie has the star power Harden does and can never lead a team the way Harden does. However, I do think that keeping Harden would have pigeon holed him into the 16ppg role and we would never see this harden. Therefore, Reggie is Harden's equal for this team/role and it is one of the reasons that losing H and Martin has not effected this team at all.
And if anyone has watched any Thunder games this year, Reggie has been crazy clutch and has been fantastic at closing out games with KD/Russ.