It’s hard to complain about the first two months of Oklahoma City’s season — though many do anyway. The Thunder entered 2010 just four games over .500 on its way to a 50-win season, but enters 2011 well above that mark and appears set to win more than 50 games this year.
Still, there’s plenty of room for improvement. The Thunder could and should make, and stick to, several new year’s resolutions in 2011 that could push it to a top-four seed in the West playoffs. Just like many people look themselves in the mirror on Jan. 1 and say to themselves, “I will do (blank) to become a better person,” Oklahoma City would be well-served to look itself in the mirror and tell itself the following:
1. Serge Ibaka will become a better positional defender.
Ibaka is without a doubt the most intimidating interior presence for the Thunder. But as a positional defender, he is far from being the most effective. Most of Ibaka’s highlight-reel blocks come as he bails out a teammate or stands tall against a face-to-the-basket offensive player who is challenging the rim. Keep Reading…