The first man off the bench in the NBA is a role that varies from team-to-team. Some players have made careers as the sixth man, while other teams don’t have a defined role and simply substitute based on need and situation.
You won’t have to worry about any excessive reminders of the James Harden trade from me, but the fact is the sixth man role for Oklahoma City has been inconsistent since the bearded one was sent to Houston before the 2012-13 season.
A year of Kevin Martin, plus a year and a half of Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson wasn’t the end of the world for Oklahoma City, but serviceable didn’t cut it when there were so many offensive liabilities on the Thunder roster (see: Roberson, Andre and Perkins, Kendrick).
But three years since the infamous trade, the Thunder may have their best replacement yet in the form of Dion Waiters. Keep Reading…