Darnell Mayberry: Thunder's James Harden is one of the best sixth men in the NBA

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 17, 2011 at 11:41 am •  Published: January 17, 2011

The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports

On Thunder guard James Harden being a "bust" and a disappointment with Oklahoma City:

That's ridiculous. How can he even be thought of as a bust? He's one of the best sixth men in the league. Inconsistent, granted. But when he's on, he's extremely valuable. And after a brutal start to the season, he's turned the corner and is having a better year this year than he did last year. What do you want the guy to do, average 20 a night? That's not happening on this team. I don't think anybody around the league considers James Harden a bust. I think the perception around the league is that James Harden would be killing and putting up much better numbers if he didn't happen to get drafted by a 50-win team with the third overall pick and join a team that had the league's leading scorer and a top five point guard.

On the chances of the Thunder acquiring Minnesota forward Kevin Love:

I think we can forget about Kevin Love in a Thunder uniform. It's a pipe dream. Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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