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Why is Perk so high again? His numbers are pretty awful.

PER: 8.76

Points: 6.2 per game

Rebs: 5.6 per game

TO Rate: 30.7!!! (and people are complaining about RW?)

And the on court/off court numbers seem to tell a similar story, with OKC a net 13.2 points per 100 possession WORSE with Perk on the floor. Defense was better by about 3 points per 100 possessions; while offense is worse by about 16 points per 100 possessions.

Rebounding also seems to really suffer with Perk on the floor. Team Total rebound rate with Perk is 44.2%, without him 49.8%.

Obviously these stats don't tell the whole story (5 games is a small sample size, defense may be underrated), but it sure seems that a lot of people are looking at Perk through kool-aid colored glasses right now. The narrative coming into the season was that the newer slimmer Perk was gonna be awesome and was the final championship piece, Harden was gonna break out, Russ was a villain, etc. Seems that everyone wants to stick with that and where the narrative doesn't fit or the numbers don't back it up, just dump the blame on Russ.

3 years, 3 months ago on Thunder Player Power Rankings: Perk rising