Apr. 18, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Olympics: James Harden being considered for Team USA list of finalists

James Harden has had a breakout season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now he is being considered as an addition to the Olympic Men’s Basketball team.

With the recent injuries to stars like Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has decided to consider adding more players to the list of finalists that will eventually determine who makes the team.

Harden has come on as a top-5 shooting guard in the NBA this season with a PER behind only Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

Harden’s game is one that would readily translate to success in the FIBA World. Harden is a great three-point shooter and a player that understands very well how to attack zones.

One area that Team USA may be lacking is perimeter shooting and a player like Eric Gordon always seemed like a good fit for the team. But since Gordon was injured this year it is possible that Harden could make the team in place of him in that role.

Harden would join Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who are likely going to make the team. Only the Miami Heat would possibly send three players to the Olympics this year.

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