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SI is counting down the top players in the NBA, and OKC is the only franchise who does not have ANY players ranked between 125-31 (I think they snubbed Reggie, but that's beside the point). The average franchise should have 3+ guys in that range. Our competition in the West all have a bunch.
Portland- Robin Lopez, Wes Mathews, Nic Batum
Denver- Timofey Mozgov, Aaron Afflalo, Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson
Clippers- Spencer Hawes, JJ Redick, Jamal Crawford, Deandre Jordan
Warriors- Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Klay Thompson
Phoenix- Gerald Green, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe
Spurs- Boris Diaw, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, Manu Ginobli
Grizzlies- Tony Allen, Vince Carter, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley
Dallas- Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler
Rockets- Terrence Jones, Trevor Ariza
Pelicans- Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik, Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday
We have the best top end talent in the West obviously, but the chasm after the big 3 (and especially after Reggie) is unmatched by any other team in the NBA. That's why things fall apart so quickly imo when one of the big guys goes down. If we're going to get over the hump, we need to acquire or develop guys who can be consistently good starters. For all of Presti's gifts, we have a roster that's quite barren in the "starting caliber role player" area.
10 hours, 32 minutes ago on Video: Sign right here, Russ
@Lambaaaaaa Did you see what Gordon Hayward got? Serge gets the max.
14 hours, 1 minute ago on Monday Bolts – 9.15.14
@rednuht @mattchant @Sustainable Parameters He scores solidly on 62% shooting too. Also, if we want to parse, we're a better defensive rebounding team than offensive, and Drummond is the best offensive rebounder in basketball. We were only 14th on the offensive glass. Extra shots for Durant means W's.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 9.15.14
@Sustainable Parameters @mattchant I was thinking Drummond
Which one player, who has never been an All-Star, would most improve OKC if added to our team?
@propsizzle @mattchant @SeinfeldOKC If the question is starting caliber, probably Lamb, but none of the above is more likely.
@SeinfeldOKC Define actually
@Sustainable Parameters I'd need to look at the contract, and I'm not familiar with Oklahoma law, but generally it'd be illegal for them to keep the money and then resell at full price to someone else. There are consumer protection laws in most jurisdictions that prevent that.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 9.15.14
@Tvaddic @mattchant Westbrook is really the new Kobe.
1 day, 9 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 9.15.14
@Tvaddic KD through 5 games
Westbrook through 5 games
KD's stats during the no Westbrook 26 game midyear stretch: 38.7 mpg, 35/8/6 on 53/40/88. That's just unbelievable
@DTVirgin @mattchant @Tvaddic 5.5 :-P He hit 7.2 in February without Westbrook, KD's assist numbers will always be deflated versus LeBron because he doesn't play point guard, but when he had to, he was his equal.
@Tvaddic And KD averaged 32/7/6 on similar efficiency when you consider higher volume 3's and FT's on better percentages. Also, KD had a better DRTG than LeBron for the past 2 years, the lockdown LeBron myth hasn't been true for awhile.
Who is our starting SG for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs?
@DTVirgin @mattchant @Durants Shimmy I think LeBron has a higher single game ceiling still, but over the course of a season he's slowing down a bit and can't keep up with the load Durant can successfully shoulder.
Will we resign Kendrick Perkins? Yes or no!
@L0rv @mattchant @Tvaddic Read the trade bro, Durant is staying because of Smart in the deal.
@Durants Shimmy He'll be ranked 2, he should be 1.
@Swoop @mattchant @L0rv @Tvaddic Mine was Pero Antic drilling a big 3 in the NBA Finals.
@L0rv @Tvaddic You don't think Kyle Korver, Pero Antic and Marcus Smart is a great return for an under-long-term-contract top 5 player?
How many 2014-15 2nd rounders will rank ahead of Huestis in #NBARank?
1 day, 10 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 9.15.14
Westbrook's steal was one of the best plays in a big spot I've ever seen in any sport. Off Conley too, one of the best ball handlers in the league.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Top 10 of 2013-14
Rose is rotten.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Video: Russ gets up
@L0rv @f5alcon @mattchant Russ stripping Beverley for a breakaway dunk.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Thursday Bolts – 9.11.14
Duncan wasn't an All-Star last season? LOL.
@ThabeetsGoldSpot @L0rv Those stats were in under 30 minutes though. Per 36, 19-12-4-2. Not a 90, but closer.
@f5alcon @mattchant I have some uncomfortable Game 6 memories that suggest otherwise. :-P
@ThabeetsGoldSpot @okcjim Starters: Russ, Harden, KD.... :-/
@f5alcon @mattchant Spurs would still be good, but I don't think there's any chance they beat us in a 7 game series without Duncan.
What injury would be a bigger boon to OKC's title chances this season, Duncan or LeBron. For science.
@RRRWHOAAAA Really? How is that possible?
6 days, 6 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 9.10.14
Why didn't Adams play for New Zealand?
This is the Spain team that's better than USA according to Stein right?
6 days, 7 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 9.10.14
Is Gobert gonna be good?
6 days, 8 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 9.10.14
That's real soft Ruby.
We should trade Russell for a pure pointer guard like Rubio. :-D
What does Rubio shoot on sideways fading jumpshots? 1%?
@Tvaddic He should be
@DTVirgin @claeys Yup, overly simplistic, like a small child designed it.
This Spain/France game is really intense.
@Lambaaaaaa @FckLbJ @Butterfingers Allen hates Clay because of Seattle, it will never happen.
1 week ago on Tuesday Bolts – 9.9.14
@Turf is always Greener Well, the ways that made sense we shipped out the door to avoid it, so that's circular reasoning.
@sammasaaron @mattchant @Jabb0310 Yea, but I'm not sure clean years really exist. We had a few of them, but that's enormously rare, I definitely don't expect to have another one.
1 week, 5 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 9.4.14
@sammasaaron @mattchant @Jabb0310 @harmlesslyfatal @qrex @SeinfeldOKC Which is why it was worth it, for THIS team, to give K-Mart that contract. Sure, in a vacuum, 4-28 was a tad high (not crazy though) for Martin, but we weren't in a position to get anything close to him for less. Our team as a whole was much better with him there. And worrying about a 7 mil per year contract for years after KD's free agency is to me, astonishingly arrogant and short sighted.
@sammasaaron @mattchant @Jabb0310 I'd expect better from internal improvement with Ibaka in particular. Also Morrow is better offensively than any of the pu pu platter 2 guards we used last year, though worse defensively.
@sammasaaron @mattchant @Jabb0310 Huh, you like Russ at the 2? I think he's way better on the ball.
@sammasaaron @mattchant @Jabb0310 @harmlesslyfatal @qrex @SeinfeldOKC Ehh, the reaction here was jubilation when Thabo was benched and the team immediately started to play better. I think Lamb should've been developed for that moment, but the fact is that he wasn't. You don't just send in a guy like that for 20mpg in must-wins in the WCF.
@sammasaaron @mattchant @Jabb0310 Harden's an elite guard period though.
@sammasaaron @mattchant @Jabb0310 Oh, with K-Mart, He's like poor man's Harden without the creating. Morrow is homeless man's K-Mart.
@sammasaaron @mattchant @Jabb0310 We were near the top in 2012...when we had James Harden? Harden also provided much more than 3's and spacing, he was probably our best creator, and between him, Durant and Westbrook we lived at the line with deadly foul shooters. That wasn't pretty, but it was basically unstoppable.