Thunder general manager Sam Presti talked about his newest prize, James Harden, a couple of weeks ago. Ended up comparing Harden’s attitude and work ethic to a current Thunder keeper. "There’s some Jeff Green to his approach to the game,” Presti said. That’s high praise within the Thunder compound. But Harden went elsewhere when asked to compare his game to another. "Manu Ginobili,” Harden said like it was no big deal. Manu Ginobili? The Spurs’ whirling dervish who has helped deliver not just three NBA titles to San Antonio but a gold medal to Argentina? Sign me up for that. "Not the most athletic guy, not the quickest guy,” Harden said. "But a crafty left-hander.” Crafty left-hander makes me think of Jamie Moyer, but it fits Ginobili, too. A guy who looks like he ought to be smoking a Marlboro outside a Paris cafe but instead consistently befuddles NBA defenses. I like left-handers in hoops. They’re hard to guard for the same reason they’re hard to hit in baseball. You don’t see them often enough. Presti wouldn’t bite on the Ginobili likeness: "I think James Harden is going to create his own identity in the league.” You never know, of course. No one ever thought Manu Ginobili would be Manu Ginobili. San Antonio drafted Ginobili in the second round of the 1999 draft, 57th overall, and he didn’t join the Spurs until three years later, at the age of 25. History tells us Harden, who has yet to turn 20, could be anything from star to bust and, most likely, all points in between. Coach Scott Brooks talked about Harden’s toughness and unselfishness, his ability to get teammates involved in the offense. Those are straight out of the Ginobili handbook. "He brings some craftiness to the floor,” Presti said. "He’s a guy that’s going to be efficient. The guy’s only 19 years old, but he plays the game at an advanced level.” Play at Manu Ginobili’s level, and you’ve got to like Harden’s chances of becoming a fourth Thunder cornerstone.