Got to tell you Swedd, I'm getting VERY attached to Harden. I've seen him about 10 times and I've always liked him, but over the last 2 or 3 weeks I'm liking him more and more and more and can tell that I am going to be upset we will miss out on him.
Of course, I want the better record/playoff spot more, but man, James is really nice to watch and would fit in super well with us.
Going out on a limb now......................I think I've moved him above Blake on my B'Cats draft board.
Watched Harden again today playing against Washington.
Wasn't one of his most dominate games, but still managed to fill the sheet with 15/4/5/3.
Best thing (for me at least) about him today was for the 1st time that I have ever seen, he didn't wear anything under his jersey so I got a good look at his upper body.
It was better than I had expected. I mean, the guy is never going to be Corey Maggette like, but there is great shape there to work with. He has really nice, big round shoulders and some good pec definition. He also has very long triceps which would easily shape out well. No doubt all reasons he is able to finish so well with contact.
It's easy to see that with a little time in an NBA gym with NBA trainers on an NBA schedule he could easily sculpt his upper body into something very compact and powerful.
We have to face reality. Even without Crash, we are going to be somewhere in the #7-#10 range for a pick. Unless the Ping Pong Gods are with us, we have no shot at him. Most likely he comes off the Boards at #3 following Griffin and Rubio. IF we got lucky and made it into the Top 3 by the Ping Pong balls, then we may all have our wish. We deserve it though; we do deserve a break. One day, it must happen.
Assuming Rubio enters this draft despite his contract obligations, but Harden goes second behind Griffin and we have the 3rd pick. Do we take Rubio even if we have DJ? Do we trade? Pick Thabeet?
(I think Rubio is better than DJ and would much rather have him instead)