With OKC acquiring Tyson Chandler but giving up two rotation big men, where does the Thunder bench go from here? What if somebody gets hurt, then what? One reader looks at this issue.
Let me preface this by getting a couple things out on the table. First, I will be writing this from the perspective that the Thunder will compete in every game the rest of the season and should actually be worried about this year’s performance regardless of their record so far. I don’t subscribe to the shutting it down for a better chance at the man-child that is Blake Griffin (40 and 23 in a conference game? Really?) theory.
Second, I loved the Tyson Chandler trade. It was a very coy and patient move by Sam Presti to not give up any of the five first round draft picks the Thunder has even though you know the Hornets surely started negotiations by asking for one or more of those picks.
It gives the Thunder a rim protector in a 26-year-old center that, by all accounts, will fit right in with the culture that has been created by this team. I, however, have one worry after watching Tuesday night’s heartbreaker against New Orleans. Scott Brooks obviously has no confidence in Robert Swift or Mouhamed Sene as NBA centers and that could be a major issue if Chandler, Nick Collison, or Nenad Krstic gets dinged up during the rest of the season. Keep Reading…