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Ty. Glad to be back. I'm often here just lurking. Thought i'd just dive in today (hope it isn't a shallow pool!)
1 year, 10 months ago on The Thunder’s ‘big’ problem
I totally agree about the ball movement point. And that's something that the team has shown flashes of but still doesn't practice regularly enough. I'm sure it's gotta be a point of emphasis. But i think the "pretty damned good" ball the team played with Uncle Jeff and Nenad had alot more to do with Mr Durant and Mr Westbrook than with those two. This team took a big jump when they moved on and Ibaka got the minutes he needed to develop (and to a lesser degree Perks arrival). Obviously it was worked out (just a bit slower than some of us had hoped)
@MisterJohnsonOKC @Sick Iballison Agreed MJ. And if he WAS actually some kind of Dwight Kryptonite (which he's not) does that justify all the negatives playing him more than sparingly brings?
I'm sure alot of people would make that argument and justifiably to a degree. I just think it's a rather obvious achilles heel. (and i doubt i'm alone on that)
Are you just talking bigs?
Sorry bout the lack of paragraphs.I hit the post button by accident before i had it fixed:(
There was a time when i half bought in to the whole 'We need Perk's Tougness and ability to limit the elite bigs" theory. But the game is evolving and so is our team. I don't know what the defensive metrics say about his defense this season, but my eyes tell me he's barely been better than Ibaka at what's supposed to be his best skill (Post defense). His other "skills" are subpar. His rebounding in particular has been really disappointing. He just doesn't seem to be anticipating or blocking out as well as he has at times in the past to compensate for his utter lack of athleticism. When he was first acquired it seemed like his defensive and rebounding positioning was pretty good. When there was a defensive breakdown somewhere it seemed you could almost always bet it wasn't HIS fault and i think his experience in Boston helped our guys to take a step forward defensively. But now...the guy stands out like a sore thumb. He looks a step slower in every aspect of the game. The benefits of playing him more than 10-15 minutes in ANY game are far outweighed by his shortcomings. He's served his purpose but i just can't see the team taking the next step with Perk getting 20 -30 minutes every night. Numbers aren't everything but they don't often lie either. I'm sure Presti is working on this problem but it's becoming another Uncle Jeff situation with Brooks. The best coaches in the league aren't afraid to make even tough changes when it's obvious that something isn't working.
The Kemp piece is great reading. Glad to hear he's doing well. He truly was a great all around big man for a few years before his crash and burn. Not JUST the best in-game dunker ever (which of course he is).
2 years, 4 months ago on Monday Bolts - 7.23.12
Nice job TC!
2 years, 4 months ago on Oklahoma City’s Offseason Grade: On a curve
Are we sure that's not KD in a wig? Uncanny
2 years, 4 months ago on Tuesday Bolts - 7.17.12
New guy here. Also a Libra. 10/6/63. And celebrating 41 years of franchise fandom. Started folling the Sonics way back in '71. (Bob Rule,Lee Winfield, Spencer Haywood..yeah i'm old)
2 years, 4 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Rituals
I think he'd make a great replacement for Lazar. And cheaper.
2 years, 4 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 7.5.12
I'm not at all worried about losing Harden. I'm nearly certain he'll be extended for a bit less than the max. I also think we keep Ibaka by using the amnesty clause on Perk. Maynor may or may not have to go (depending on what it takes to lock up Serge). Other tweaks will have to be made as well but i'm confident that the organization realizes it's alot harder to replace a 23 year old power forward with alot of untapped upside left over an injury prone and declining center with one skill (post defense). The sky isn't falling quite yet.
P.S. - That Thunderchick is mighty smart as well.
2 years, 4 months ago on Thunder interested in Devin Ebanks and Roger Mason?
Reggie Evans aka "The Nut Gripper"?
2 years, 4 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.3.12
If he were anywhere close to "Healthy" he'd be a top 5 center in the league.
2 years, 4 months ago on OKC the ‘most likely’ landing spot for Hasheem Thabeet?
@shiki Per ESPN:
Paul's decision was a formality, as the star guard could re-sign for $48 million more after next season.
Paul will make $17.7 million next season, the final year of his current contract, and will wait until the end of the 2012-13 season to sign a max five-year, $108 million extension, according to the Times report.
When a team makes the finals and begins to get a big boost in national exposure bandwagoneers are inevitable. Sad but true
2 years, 4 months ago on Friday Bolts - 6.29.12
Agreed. Great value and fit for them. They need a quality big (or 2).
2 years, 4 months ago on Pre-draft Primer: Five big questions for draft night:
@Daniel Plainview @Watson
He's a tall small forward/stretch 4. . He playsmore of a small forward game. A taller, more athletic Derrick Williams game with a taller McGradyesque build and athleticism.
There goes my man Nicholson. Would have been a perfect guy for us.
2 years, 4 months ago on Thursday Bolts - 6.28.12
Right now i'd say they're both core players. That's always subject to change depending on the financial end of things, but trading an asset like Harden or Ibaka (who are both still rapidly improving) right now and rolling the dice on what may prove to be a lateral move talent wise at best and could also screw up the chemistry doesn't strike me as a smart move. And i trust Presti to make smart moves. There will be a time very soon when the cap and Luxury tax issues may force his hand but i don't think we're quite there yet.
2 years, 4 months ago on Thunder have talked about moving up to get Bradley Beal
I'm sure Sam will listen to any offers out there. Due Dilligence. But trade Harden or Ibaka? Don't see that happening.
So Corrected. Slice it however you want. It's a moot point anyway. Their financial situation is certainly alot different with Garnett and Allen (at the least) moving on. I did refer to my original post as a pipe dream and do have doubts they'd be interested in assuming Perkins contract now. But i guess we'll see what they end up paying for a legit center (they're still without one btw - Hollins? Stiemsma?)
2 years, 4 months ago on Five thoughts on the Thunder’s draft pick
My mistake. Before the season rather than at the deadline. After he signed with us though.
I generally agree on not addressing the backup for Durant. Then again we didn't have one this year (Hayward) so Presti apparently didn't think it a pressing need either. As for going small it's no worse than what we had this year either (Sefolosha,Cook or Harden usually playing the 3). But not ideal for sure. Just throwing some ideas out there with the draft rapidly approaching. Oh and the link on the Perk thing:
Yeah, not likely i know. But they did supposedly entertain reacquiring him at the trade deadline and now that KG And Ray Allen's conracts are coming off the books (not to mention what they saved on Jeff Green's.....) But yeah..it's a pipe dream (nice one though).
My Dream Draft/Free agency moves (yes i know it's a pipe dream) :
1. Trade Perkins and change (Lazar,Hayward, a future 2nd?) back to the celtics for their #22 pick.
2. Package that pick and ours (or ours and Eric Maynor) for the Rockets #16 pick and Select Andrew Nicholson. (If We Deal Maynor select a point guard (Tony Wroten with Boston's #22 pick).
3. Sign a Veteran Free Agent center on the cheap (Camby?) to a one year deal to share time with Aldrich.
4. Money freed up by moving Perkins (and Maynor?) used to sign Harden and Ibaka.
5. DFish and Nazr not retained (a given?)
6. Sign Latavious Williams to replace Lazar Hayward's roster spot
G - Westbrook
G - Harden
G - Sefolosha
G - Jackson
G - Maynor or Wroten
G - Cook?
G - Ivey?
F - Durant
F - Ibaka
F - Nicholson
F - Collison
F - Williams
I really think Nicholson is most likely the guy Presti would move up for if the cost isn't prohibitive. And with him likely to go somewhere between 13 and 18 i'm starting to think he'll find the probable cost (Maynor & Aldrich Plus) too high.
I don't think Cole alone is going to be enough to move us up more than a couple of spots. It's all about potential and projection. It's partially about the 2 years since he was drafted and also about the fact that he couldn't pry anything but garbage time minutes from Nazr. Here's a thought though in regards to packaging Aldrich and Maynor : The Rockets have the 14th and 16th selections and are looking for a size and also potentially a point guard to replace Kyle Lowry (who's likely to be traded after badmouthing Kevin McHale).
Just read a report that the Thunder might be interested in moving up into the teens to select Nicholson whose stock is rising daily it seems. It mentions Maynor as possible trade bait. I'd definitely rather move Aldrich if they're really hot on Nicholson but i doubt what would move us up the 10-14 spots it looks like it might take to nab him.
@Prye05Moving up 5-8 spots would probably be more realistic/useful. Andrew Nicholson is a versatile intriguing big with alot of offensive skills (good post moves and footwork,face-up game and 3 pt range) we could use. Jeffery Taylor is a Thabo Clone defensively with more offensive potential. Either could probably be had around #20 or so.
Btw this is my first post here. Been Lurking for a few years and really enjoy the site.