Mag NBA preview: Thunder

Originally Published: October 22, 2013
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN The Magazine

WHEN OKC shipped ubersub James Harden to Houston, logic said its title hopes went with him. Instead, the Thunder had the NBA's second-best point differential since 2000 (plus-9.2), as newcomer Kevin Martin led the second unit. Now Martin -- part of four of the NBA's top six lineups in plus/minus last season -- is also gone, leaving the bench to Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb, who combined for 20.6 mpg in '12-13. With the Clippers, Grizzlies and Rockets improving, OKC might be only ...

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