Joe Johnson hasn't delivered like that in the postseason. Johnson is a better scorer. For my money, Harden, potentially, is a better player. That said, he could be playing for a max contract in Phoenix next year and we'll see how well he can carry a team without Durant and Westbrook. Max contracts to someone who hasn't made an NBA All-Star team seems a little risky.
Do you think Texas has any shot at beating West Virginia?
Absolutely. Baylor nearly beat the Mountaineers in Morgantown. WVU needed a near-historic game from its quarterback to beat Baylor at home. So of course Texas has a shot. West Virginia made Maryland's freshman quarterback look dangerous, made Robert Griffin's backup look like Tom Brady. This might be just what David Ash needs to get critics off his case once and for all. I thought he was pretty dang good in Stillwater Saturday.
Do you think the Thunder has a better chance to beat the Lakers with Serge and Perk than with Harden and Perk? Do you think that Presti agrees since he signed Serge to an extension first?
Sam Presti is consistent in his belief that defense wins. That's that statement made by the signing of Ibaka, whose ceiling hasn't even begun to be approached. So I'd say yes, Presti believes the Thunder has a better chance to beat the Lakers with Ibaka than Harden, if you have to choose one.