I feel like I can say without hesitation that at this point in this young NBA season, that the Oklahoma City Thunder are the worst defensive team in the league.
I don’t even feel like that is all that bold. Coming in to the game against the Spurs Sunday, the Thunder ranked 29th in defensive efficiency, in the bottom 10 in opponent points per game and dead last in opponent field goal percentage.
And those numbers are sure to only get worse after the Thunder’s 117-104 loss to San Antonio Sunday night.
It wasn’t just the numbers in this one where the Thunder failed defensively. The Spurs actually shot just 40.9 percent compared to OKC’s 45.2 percent. It was more that OKC failed the eye test for me. A large part of San Antonio’s field goal percentage was because they missed multiple looks on tip-ins and layups. Most of the night, the Thunder defense was absolutely shredded. OKC overplayed everything and never stopped the ball. I remember Tony Parker weaving through three and four defenders en route to an easy layup multiple times. Keep Reading…