The Thunder will be through roughly 10 percent of the season by the time the horn sounds late tonight against Portland. Seven games of a season isn’t quite enough to make any definitive judgments or even spot obvious long-term trends, but it’s getting pretty close.
It has definitely been long enough to see things to be scared of, and also things to be excited about. There are bad things that ought to change in the Thunder’s favor over the long run. And there are even a few good, if so far fleeting, surprises that have at least a chance to help bring the kind of dynamism or spark needed to get Oklahoma City into true Western Conference contention. There are also bad things that just might stay bad, but those have already gotten plenty of attention. Let’s take a look at a few of the things that could break the Thunder’s way as the season moves forward.
BAD THINGS THAT WILL CHANGE
— More than one player will start shooting better than 30 percent on 3-pointers. Kevin Durant leads the Thunder beyond the arc at 31 percent on 11-36 shooting, with James Harden next in line at 24 percent on only four buckets in 17 tries. The team as a whole is only shooting 20 percent on 3-pointers. That would be a historically low percentage if it bears out over the entire season. Which means it won’t. Keep Reading…