One of the things the Oklahoma City Thunder have been known for over the past few years is their sixth man production. However, according to NewsOK.com on Sept. 28, the Thunder are not looking to replace their departing sixth man Kevin Martin.
Before the 2012 season started, the sixth man for the Thunder was All-Pro and Olympic player James Harden. However, when it looked like the Thunder would not get Harden to accept a new deal, they traded him to the Houston Rockets and received Kevin Martin in his place.
While some believe that the Thunder might have won in the postseason if Harden was still around to replace an injured Russell Westbrook, instead of Martin, that is just speculation.
As far as Russell Westbrook is concerned, they don't need a sixth man more than they need an entire bench that plays up to their abilities to help the team win. Westbrook said that the Thunder doesn't need another James Harden, or Kevin Martin for that matter.
They just need men like Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb to step up and play the role they are talented enough to fill.
With a starting five that includes Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha, a sixth star isn't needed as much as a deep, experienced, bench. And honestly, a name like James Harden almost hurts the development of that bench as much as it helps the team win games.
Maybe if the bench was better seasoned, they could have stepped up when Westbrook went down instead of just relying on one player to fill in the hole.