A few takeaways from the Thunder's second preseason game. Keep reading »
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Here’s the billionth Russell Westbrook mix somebody decided to make. It’s pretty good.
A couple very important thoughts from the Thunder’s second preseason game:
Since the hiring of Billy Donovan I’ve been trying to imagine what a Scott Brooks-less Thunder team might look like. Donovan is already getting me excited about his changes on both ends. Spacing? Pacing? Sharing the ball? Defending the three point line?!
Still one of the biggest questions with this Thunder team is, how will all these guys play together, specifically with Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka? We all know Durant didn’t play at all post Enes Kanter trade, so what will the offense look like with everyone on the floor? We won’t know exactly for a few weeks, but in the meantime here are some shot charts that simulates what this team, with the big three, may look like on the floor together. Keep Reading…
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: “In terms of measurable offensive production, it will be difficult for
the Thunder to do much better under Donovan than they did under Brooks. Before last season, when Durant played only 27 games, the Thunder were top 10 in offensive efficiency for four straight seasons; three times, they were in the top five, and twice in the top three. Donovan’s impact won’t simply be measured by the end result, because when you have Durant and Westbrook, the ball is going in the basket. It will be measured in how they got there — and how the system translates to the defensive crucible of the postseason.”
Anthony Slater on Enes Kanter: “This offseason, though, Kanter deemed himself eligible for the national team. He expressed a desire to compete in Eurobasket. He would have been the team’s best interior offensive player. But coach Ergin Ataman left him off the roster, saying Kanter “did not apologize” for incidents in the past and there wasn’t enough of a dialogue between player and team. Kanter scoffed at the notion, publicly declaring that he was only left off because of his “political views.” Keep Reading…
Have you listened to Ryan Adams’ cover of 1989?
He covered 1989.
“Who are you talking about it?”
Surely you’ve seen Taylor Swift tweet about this.
“Not today. I haven’t paid attention.”
No, it’s been out for like weeks.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
The first man off the bench in the NBA is a role that varies from team-to-team. Some players have made careers as the sixth man, while other teams don’t have a defined role and simply substitute based on need and situation.
You won’t have to worry about any excessive reminders of the James Harden trade from me, but the fact is the sixth man role for Oklahoma City has been inconsistent since the bearded one was sent to Houston before the 2012-13 season.
A year of Kevin Martin, plus a year and a half of Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson wasn’t the end of the world for Oklahoma City, but serviceable didn’t cut it when there were so many offensive liabilities on the Thunder roster (see: Roberson, Andre and Perkins, Kendrick).
But three years since the infamous trade, the Thunder may have their best replacement yet in the form of Dion Waiters. Keep Reading…
Dan Feldman of PBT: “Durant might get hurt again. His foot injuries were more serious than we initially knew, and they were already pretty troubling. There might be something about his long, lanky frame and playing style that leaves him susceptible to injury. Plenty of players have had their careers derailed by foot injuries. If Durant has a structural issue, that’s it. The Thunder can’t win without him. But if he and Westbrook remain healthy, we might look back on this team as the NBA’s best. It will still have to cross several landmines, but the potential is there.”
Anthony Slater on last night’s game: “Westbrook is the quarterback of this reformed offensive attack. But Donovan is the coordinator. And he passed his first NBA test. Last season, the Thunder’s season-high was 31 assists. On Wednesday, OKC had 34 assists. Seven players had at least two. Seven players scored in double-figures.” Keep Reading…