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package it with Westbrook and Perk for Love and AK
6 months, 2 weeks ago on What should the Thunder do with the 12th pick?
Don't amnesty Perk, just bench him. Trade Russ for Kevin Love and get a more reliable wing shooter than Sef or KMart who can still defend a little and you've really got something here.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Should the Thunder amnesty Kendrick Perkins?
They don't need to amnesty him, but the Thunder do need much more production out of their bigs than they can rely on from their current players. If they go to the playoffs next year with a three man big rotation of Perk, Serge, and Collison, there is little chance they'll be hoisting the trophy at the end of the playoffs.
It's a big enough problem that I think it's actually a bigger flaw in the team makeup than missing Westbrook was. Even before the playoffs started, I thought despite their scoring margin that there was no way OKC was going to win a title with a bigs rotation as unproductive and flawed as it is.
@SmackDaddy the problem is that people always use the "quality of opposition" argument against playing bench player bigger minutes, but the numbers don't indicate that bench players who suddenly play more minutes (like because of a starter's injury) significantly underperform compared to their bench minutes. In fact, the opposite seems true--players with more regular playing time has a slight tendency to play better, maybe because they're not looking over their shoulders for the hook.
That's according to aggregate numbers. I do think there's a reason to think guys who have really limited skillsets (like offensive sparkplugs who have significant defensive shortcomings or bigs who are short for their position) can be really helpful as situational guys and only as situational guys. But Aldrich doesn't strike me as a situational guy, just a guy we're not sure is a good player yet, but has been showing enough to warrant a longer look.
1 year, 8 months ago on A bigger role for Cole
mjokc88 weird. first time I've been criticized by another team's fans because I'm overpraising one of their players.
Of course it's an opinion that Harden's the second best player on the team, but I doubt I'm the only one who thinks that. Excluding Cole since he's only played a few minutes, he's in a virtual tie with Westbrook for second in PER, he's actually leading the team in both Wins Produced and WinScore per 48. And I don't know if Voulgaris has stated as such but I've seen him tweet criticisms of Westbrook and enormous praise for Harden, including calling him the most deadly ballhandler on the pick and roll behind CP3.
1 year, 10 months ago on Thunder Player Power Rankings: KD is ridiculously ridiculous
SammyThunderer My main problem with Perkins is his turnovers and his rebounding, both of which seem to be caused by the same issues around not being able to catch the ball anymore. I'm really not sure what happened to him this season, but a starting C who rebounds like Bargnani is a major liability, and a 30% turnover rate is an automatic benching in my mind.
I'm a Portland fan, but I watch a lot of Thunder games, and I just don't understand your team's rotations. Serge is obviously the best help interior defender, by a lot. Collison is the best one on one post defender, by a lot. Perkins seems like a shadow of what he was a couple of years ago, and Mohammed seems done. Aldrich looks like he's got a ton of potential, and seems like a really important piece if Perk never gets back to what he used to be.
So to me, the obvious move is to play Serge and Collison as much as possible together (like 35 mpg each), with Perk the main relief for both (20), and a few development minutes for Cole (10-15), and Nazr as the emergency backup.
I don't really understand the Harden thing either. OK, so he had a bad game the one time he started, when he clearly wasn't touching the ball enough to be able to do his thing. So you give up on starting him after one game? That's absurd. And start or not, you need to play him more minutes. He's the third best shooting guard in the league and the second best player on your team. You can't continue to play him 30 mpg, there's no reason for it. Ginobili is old and fragile, it makes sense for Pops to play him the important 28. Harden is young and durable, play him 36-38 mpg.
f5alcon I thought Presti should have considered the CP3 trade. Too late now obviously. I would also very strongly consider Rajon Rondo, especially if he can get Danny to throw in a first rounder or something. Obviously a much less able scorer, but makes up for it by how much he helps his teammates' offense with his passing and his individual defensive brilliance. Rondo is on a much better contract than whatever Westbrook will demand.
Disagree with Adande on the Stephen Curry suggestion. Rondo's a much better fit--OKC doesn't need more scoring, they need more passing, better team offensive execution, and better defense.
1 year, 11 months ago on This whole thing was about Thabo Sefolosha
I'm with Adande--this is just another example that Russ just doesn't fit the culture that Presti's trying to build here. I can understand being a little annoyed that he didn't get his dime, but Thabo made a good basketball play--fake to drawn in extra defender, drive to pull Durant's defender wayyy off him, then pass to Durant to take an open 3 or drive against a compromised defense.
Even before all this came out, and even ignoring the 0-fer shooting night, I hated the way Russ was playing defense on Pargo, like it was beneath him to try to defend a sub. Gambled way too much to steal against him, went out of his way to help off him when he didn't need to, etc. Reminded me of his contemptuous non-defense against Rubio.