Stop me if you’ve heard this before (though seriously, please don’t, or else this entire article will also have to be stopped), but I couldn’t help but rewatch the playoff series against the Lakers off of my DVR (yes, I’m that guy) a few nights back and was genuinely surprised at just how viciously one glaring weakness of the Thunder came screaming into view:
“Man these guys really don’t execute on offense very well.”
From the steady flow of dribbling turnovers to the lack of intentional movements to open up good looks to the general sense of confusion and aimlessness on the floor, the biggest area of improvement I think the Thunder could see next season that could take them to that next level as a contender is offensive execution.
So let’s take a look at the three things that the Thunder really need to improve upon for the offense to go from average (and below average without Kevin Durant on the floor) to a Top 10 level for next year.
Reduce the turnovers
This is not just a Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant statement, though clearly both of them really, really need to start taking better care of the ball. The entire Thunder team needs to value the ball throughout the entire game as much as they would if it were the last 20 seconds.
Fortunately for the Thunder and their fans, I think the turnover issue will be resolved a bit organically since all of the Thunder players who primarily handle the ball off of the bench will no longer be rookies and those who start will no longer be sophomores. As most of us know, turnovers and poor shot selection are synonymous with the word “rookie” in the NBA and there seems to be no cure like good old experience for those specific maladies.
But I also think another cause of the turnover bug is the fact that a lot of times the Thunder’s offense just looked—directionless. Keep Reading…