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Matt Moore of CBSSports.com has Andre Roberson as OKC’s most underrated: “The Thunder don’t beat the Spurs without Roberson stepping up and knocking down key shots. His shot is always going to be a concern but his effort, defense, athleticism and ability to blend into a top-notch team are not.”
This is an interesting, and relevant overall point from Kevin Draper of Deadspin: “For far too long, journalism was in practice less the art of informing the public than of keeping information from it; a published story was a limited sample of the material reporters actually knew, filtered through invented codes of ethics and propriety. Sportswriters in particular were incredibly friendly with their subjects, routinely burying negative stories about them in exchange for access. This is why disreputable gossip reporting and muckraking have always existed, and why the public benefits from them. Real events in the real world tend not to be pleasant and tasteful, and the work of documenting and explaining those events sometimes has to be unpleasant and distasteful in turn.” Keep Reading…
Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript: “Last season’s Thunder chased the second-most offensive rebound opportunities of any team (behind the Trail Blazers), per Nylon Calculus. And this year, with this roster, without a wing who can create, the Thunder need to find secondary ways to scavenge for buckets. Second-chance points will be one of the big ones. Relentlessly crashing the glass is inevitable, and there will be repercussions in transition. A team with strong halfcourt stoppers should keep the overall defense stingy, but no matter what, the Thunder coaching staff will be schooling the fine line between aggression and overzealousness on the offensive boards.”
Doc Rivers on Blake Griffin trade rumors: “We knew none of [the trade rumors were] true. We figured that was one of you guys starting these rumors here in Boston.” said Rivers. “It happens, unfortunately. Blake and [Chris Paul] are free agents [after this season]. Just like last year Oklahoma [City] had to deal with that, now it’s our turn.” Keep Reading…
Recently, the Oklahoma City Thunder made some small roster moves that could have a huge ripple effect for the future of the franchise. Signing Russell Westbrook to an extension was the first step in getting this process into motion. With that anchor in tow, the Thunder have now shifted their focus from being a dual superstar team with supporting role players surrounding them to more of a homogeneous squad where every player on the court is a threat, with Westbrook leading the charge from the point guard position. The expectation is that Victor Oladipo will alleviate some of the scoring load from the backcourt/wing, while Steven Adams will continue his development as one of the premier defensive centers in the league. But even with all that, the Thunder are still a ways away from returning to contention. Keep Reading…
Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript: “It would be a surprise if the Thunder didn’t lead the NBA — or at least come close — in any offensive-board-related stats once again this season, especially considering their personnel calls for an even more aggressive strategy chasing for them than they’ve employed in the past. It will certainly be fascinating to watch how coach Billy Donovan weighs getting back after missed shots (with a team that could struggle defending in transition) against scampering for loose balls. But if there’s one roster that stands to make the more disruptive choice, it’s this Thunder one.”
Troy Weaver on Sam Presti: “He’s been phenomenal at putting the puzzle together for the Thunder organization, making the right pieces fit and doing it with so much diversity,” Weaver said. “He’s been able to bring us all together and chart this course for the Thunder. He’s been nothing short of exceptional at doing that.” Keep Reading…
USA Today grades OKC’s offseason: “It goes without saying that, sans Durant, the Thunder will no longer be contenders in the top-heavy Western Conference. But no matter how devastating the departure, it doesn’t exactly push them to the bottom of the barrel. The roster still features plenty of young talent, including Adams, the 7-foot, 23-year-old fan favorite from New Zealand. Entering his fourth season, it’s crucial that Adams builds on a strong postseason (10.1 points and 9.5 rebounds a game) and shoulders more of the offensive load while maintaining his reputation as the team’s defensive enforcer.”
Vincent Askew on Russ: “You can say what you want about Russell Westbrook. He’s going to miss shots, or turn it over sometimes. He’s human, and he’s very aggressive. But love him or hate him, you’ve got to appreciate how hard he plays and how competitive he is. I would love to play with a dude like that. He can’t wait ‘til the season starts— actually, he wishes the season would start tomorrow! Russell Westbrook is already prepared to play, and I’m ready to watch him win.” Keep Reading…
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