Daily Links – June 22, 2011

Um, yep. This is James Harden, and indeed you should fear the beard. Even in the Drew League

Nick Filipas goes over his awards High scoring machine Kevin Durant with his sidekick in Russell Westbrook, going against….the Memphis Grizzlies? The 8th seed? Yeah it was new and unexpected but that’s why you have to love the NBA playoffs.

Berry Tramel discusses Brooks Only five NBA coaches have been on the job longer than Spoelstra’s three full seasons. And the Thunder’s Scotty Brooks is only 13 games behind Spoelstra on the longevity list.

NBA.com bloggers choose their most Outrageous performances Steve Aschburner: Russell Westbrook‘s 12-of-30 shooting night in Oklahoma City’s Game 4 loss to Denver in the first round was a glimpse into Westbrook’s brash game. It was a sign, too, of how this incredible athlete, more lively than heady at times, still can be a love-him-or-hate-him player who can dominate a game in ways good and bad. Sure, he scored 30 points, but he was 0-of-7 from the arc and had no business jacking up 12 more shots than Kevin Durant. As Denver’s Kenyon Martin said afterward: “We’ll take that. Jeez boy. We’ll take that. If he can get 30 up and miss 18 of them, we’ll take that every day.”

Brian Kamenetzky of Land O’ Lakers discusses pre-draft for the Thunder They don’t need much, but if the WCF proved anything, the Thunder need another guy to facilitate the offense. As brilliant a young player as Westbrook is, Harden proved himself easily their best facilitator of the halfcourt offense.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post talks about how the Playoffs were a Durant family affair The family has been so recognizable that fans stopped to take pictures with Davis and Wanda Pratt shortly after Game 4. Wanda Pratt lived with Durant during his rookie season in Seattle but decided to let him find his own way in Oklahoma, stopping by to visit from time to time.

RealGM.com puts out their Mock Draft 4.0 has Thunder Taking Jordan Hamilton from Texas. Hamilton’s future will be as a floor spreader and that role is badly needed on the Thunder since it often plays Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka on the floor simultaneously. Playing Kevin Durant and Hamilton at the two forward positions is an appealing counter.

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