Yes, the Thunder are still an above average team. But Harden's production of wins will be very difficult to replace. So for the 2012-13 season, it doesn't look like the Thunder will be favored to get back to the NBA Finals.
When NBA basketball arrived, it united a state long divided by college football rivalries. This is after all, a place where residents define themselves by their allegiance to either the Cowboys or the Sooners.