- Kyle Singler’s float tank revolution!
- The Thunder bench
- Ersan’s fit with the team
- Thunder rebrand?
- A comp for Sabonis
- And much more!
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Sean Deveney of Sporting News: “But that’s not everyone in Oklahoma City. Many fans there did care about Durant, cared about him about as much as a crowd in an arena can care about a player. Sure, they did not know about his deepest desires as a person, but that’s not part of the compact between star athletes and fan bases. That requires only that the star give complete effort on the court and represent the city well off it, and that the fans give their enthusiasm and support. Thunder fans did that for Durant, and he held up his end of the bargain for nine years. While it is refreshing to see a more open and chatty side of Durant, he’s got to know that what happened in July left a still-raw wound in OKC. He should remember that when he fields questions about his departure.”
Zach Lowe of ESPN.com: “Oladipo is tougher to peg. He wants the max, or close to it, and the Thunder would be right to hold off. An early extension can sew goodwill between player and team, but beyond that, there’s not really any point to signing such deals at an amount close to the max. A team can just wait until restricted free agency, evaluate the player for another season, and hand over the max (if that’s what it takes) in July. The Thunder need to see how Westbrook and Oladipo fit. If they don’t love the mix, Oladipo would be easier to trade without an extension attached under the current salary-matching rules. As a prediction, I’d lean “no” on Oladipo for now.” Keep Reading…
The Thunder fell to the Mavs 114-109 in Dallas, dropping their preseason record to 1-2. Russell Westbrook had 12-5-7 (5-15 shooting) in 24 minutes. Enes Kanter had a double-double (11 and 13) in 22 minutes. Steven Adams sat with his sprained ankle and Andre Roberson rested with some knee soreness.
Next up: Against the Grizzlies in Tulsa on Thursday.
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Team Comparisons (per NBA.com/Stats for the preseason)
A training camp trip to Spain can do a lot for a team. It can build camaraderie. It can allow you to practice without the distractions of home life. It can allow you to reflect on the previous season and prospect on the upcoming season. It can do a ton of good things. But one thing it can’t do, especially if you are playing against EuroLeague teams, is gauge where you are in comparison with the rest of the NBA. If we’re being honest, EuroLeague teams are nothing more than international D-League All-Star teams. Most of the best international players are already in the NBA. And most international teams feature American players who couldn’t make it in the league. The team’s system is usually more important than the players themselves. Russell Westbrook probably said it best when describing the EuroLeague offenses, “Their offenses are 10 times better than NBA offenses just because they move around a lot. A lot of movement and not as much talent, so they have to do different things to be able to score the basketball.” Keep Reading…
Kevin Durant just keeps saying things: “[My agent] Rich [Kleiman], who’s here, we were watching Game 7. Well, as it started to unfold, it was, ‘No question, no way could you go to this team.’ And I was just like a kid, like, ‘I’d really like playing with these guys. I’d get wide-open 3s, I could just run up and down the court, get wide-open layups.’ I was basically begging him. I was like, ‘Yo, this would be nice.’ As they lost, it became more and more real every day. You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit. Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them, they kinda showed me. But we don’t have to talk about [what would have happened if the Warriors had won the title], because they didn’t get the job done, and they came after me. I guess you could say I’m glad that they lost.”
Rick Carlisle on OKC without KD: “What it means is the ball’s going to be in Westbrook’s hands more, and that’s no bargain either. … He’s another great player. Hey, losing a guy like Durant is going to change your team, but put the ball in Westbrook’s hands another 15 to 25 times per game and you’ve got another missile being launched at you every time down the floor.” Keep Reading…
Russell Westbrook: “I think one thing people don’t realize is guarding teams in Europe. Their offenses are 10 times better than NBA offense just because they move around a lot. A lot of movement and not as much talent so they have to do different things to be able to score the basketball.”
Erik Horne on a new CBA: “Teams picking in the Top 5, however, beware. Under the current CBA, the No. 1 pick in 2017 will make around $5 million his first season. An overhaul of the rookie scale amount could get that number closer to $10 million and make every other rookie first-rounder even richer. It means most of your first-round rookies would make more in their first season than a free agent on a mid-level exception. The Thunder has been successful cultivating starters on relatively inexpensive rookie contracts. What if those deals turn expensive?” Keep Reading…
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On this glorious second Saturday in October, let us take a moment to celebrate Russell Westbrook’s favorite player. (Or at least one he wore the jersey of.)
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