Still, the stacked roster reflects just how committed the Thunder has been to a youth movement and building through the draft. But it also indicates how seriously OKC takes development over the summer.
Harden, who averaged 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 76 games as a rookie, could have easily bypassed another session of summer school. Instead, he'll look to enhance his skills next week in an organized setting.
Harden, Maynor and Ibaka were all part of the Thunder's nine-man rotation as rookies. And though it would be unfair to expect each of them to return in 2010-11 showing the same level of improvement that Westbrook did in his second season, next week will provide the same opportunity for rapid growth.
"It'll give them more confidence, and the chemistry will build more and more with the new guys we have now," Durant said.
"Summer league really does help get you more and more comfortable with the NBA game. It was good for all our rookies last year and it'll be good for all our rookies coming in this year."