James Harden is gone, but Thunder still rollingPosted by Inside Hoops
The Thunder have the third-most effective offense in the league thus far, even with ESPN.com’s John Hollinger tearing at the inefficiency in their starting lineup last week.
“After the trade, it was come in and do your job,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We said, ‘This is what we need from you guys,’ and they’ve done that.”
Last season with Harden, the Thunder averaged 107 points per 100 possessions, shot 47 percent overall and were second in the league in getting to the foul line at 26 times per game. Harden and his 16.8 scoring average, 49 percent shooting and 6 free throws per game were a big part of it.
A month after the trade, the Thunder are averaging 109 points per 100 possessions, shooting 48 percent overall and are second in the league in getting to the foul line at 28 times per game. Kevin Martin, Harden’s replacement, and his 15.7 scoring average, 46 percent shooting and 5 free throws a game are a big part of it.
– Reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com
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