I know when Sam Presti signed Nenad Krstic, I was one of many that were pretty excited about it. At the time, the team was 3-and-freaking-29 and things weren’t looking good. Help was needed everywhere and Krstic seemed like a start.
It’s probably more coincidental than anything else, but since Krstic offically became a Thunder-er Dec. 31, the team is 13-16 (though he didn’t actually play a game until Jan. 7 against Minnesota in a huge blowout loss). He averaged 8.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game in about 22 minutes a game in January. In February, his minutes went up to 26 a game and he averaged 8.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg. But so far in March (two games albeit), he’s averaging 22 points and 5.0 rebounds a game and has led the Thunder in scoring the last two.
I think more than anything, the change is in his confidence. With Kevin Durant and Jeff Green both out for the Dallas game, somebody had to elevate their game. And Krispy was the man. But it even started last Friday against Dallas when Durant first went out. Krstic was 5-11 from the field for 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Then against Memphis he was 5-8 from the field for 10 points. He took up the cause and stepped up in big spots for the team.
And from what I can tell, he’s not doing anything that much different. He’s still taking a majority of jump shots, but now he’s making a really high percentage of them. Against Washington last night he showed off a couple of nice post moves including a sweet baseline spin that resulted in the game’s first bucket. But really he’s just getting the same solid looks he was getting before but now he’s very decisive in his shot with no hesitation. He catches, sets and shoots. No thinking and no second guessing. Just swish. Keep Reading…