You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > BBR Blog > NBA and College Basketball Analysis

SITE NEWS: We are moving all of our site and company news into a single blog for Sports-Reference.com. We'll tag all Basketball-Reference content, so you can quickly and easily find the content you want.

Also, our existing Basketball-Reference blog rss feed will be redirected to the new site's feed.

Basketball-Reference.com // Sports Reference

For more from Neil, check out his new work at BasketballProspectus.com.

2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: Oklahoma City Thunder

Posted by Neil Paine on October 18, 2010

Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!

Oklahoma City Thunder

Coach: Scott Brooks

2010 Summary:
Record: 50-32, Finished 3rd in NBA Northwest Division
Pythagorean W-L: 51-31 (10th of 30)
SRS: 3.55 (9th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 93.1 (12th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 108.3 (12th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 104.6 (9th of 30)

2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)

Pos Player Age PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV FG% 3PM 3P% FT%
PG Russell Westbrook 22 17.3 5.4 7.6 1.4 0.4 3.4 0.425 0.4 0.258 0.799
PG Eric Maynor 23 11.5 4.0 7.2 1.2 0.3 2.3 0.434 0.7 0.326 0.738
PG Royal Ivey 29 10.4 3.7 2.8 1.5 0.3 1.4 0.391 1.4 0.357 0.757
SG Thabo Sefolosha 26 8.7 6.0 2.5 1.6 0.8 1.5 0.441 0.7 0.313 0.729
SG James Harden 21 16.0 5.3 2.9 1.7 0.5 2.1 0.422 1.9 0.387 0.813
SG Daequan Cook 23 13.2 4.3 1.9 0.8 0.4 1.1 0.372 2.4 0.366 0.840
SF Kevin Durant 22 26.0 6.6 2.6 1.2 0.9 2.9 0.484 1.3 0.383 0.893
SF Morris Peterson 33 12.5 4.9 1.6 1.0 0.2 1.1 0.396 2.1 0.367 0.658
PF Jeff Green 24 15.2 6.1 1.8 1.1 0.7 1.8 0.457 1.2 0.355 0.764
PF Nick Collison 30 11.1 9.3 1.2 0.9 1.0 1.5 0.556 0.1 0.305 0.711
PF D.J. White 24 17.4 7.4 2.4 1.3 1.0 1.5 0.531 0.5 0.367 0.810
C Nenad Krstic 27 13.6 7.9 1.2 0.7 1.0 1.3 0.488 0.1 0.309 0.744
C Serge Ibaka 21 13.2 10.6 0.6 0.7 2.5 1.8 0.546 0.1 0.392 0.664
C Byron Mullens 21 14.0 6.5 2.6 1.2 0.6 2.2 0.452 0.7 0.368 0.769
C Cole Aldrich 22

2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Royce Young, dailythunder.com

What made the Thunder so good last season? Yes, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green. Those are all right answers. But there was one theme the Thunder hung their hat on all season - defense.

Oklahoma City ranked ninth in defensive efficiency and actually led the league in blocked shots per game, despite not really having a shot blocker. It all started with the stopper Thabo Sefolosha who is one of the premier perimeter defenders in the league. But the jump happened because two players upped their game on that end. Durant was no longer a defensive liability (in fact, some might say he was actually good) and Westbrook gambled a little less and pressured opposing point guards.

However, OKC lost the architect of that defense to Tom Thibodeau's new staff in Chicago. So the question is, can they keep it up? It makes sense they would because as the players round out into finished forms, they aren't going to forget what they learned.

Are they ready to challenge for the Western crown? Probably not, but this is a playoff team and maybe one that can make a little noise past April.

Poll Time

ShareThis

3 Responses to “2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: Oklahoma City Thunder”

  1. Rashad Says:

    I don't know how you can say that Jeff Green helped the team. He was below average for a PF in FG%, rebounds, and I believe blocks. You really don't want a PF shooting 45%. I mean, you shouldn't be happy with a shooting guard shooting that poorly.

  2. DSMok1 Says:

    He was about a league-average PF. In other words, worse than most starters and better than the bench players. That's a useful piece to have. Particularly if none of the other front-court players were above league average, either, and most were worth. Collison was about his equal; Serge was below average though flashing upside, Krstic was well below average, and that's about everybody.

    OTOH, KD and Russ were way better than him.

  3. Jason J Says:

    The problem is that Green isn't a 4. He wasn't even a good rebounder in college. He's an outside shooter and a good athlete. They need a dominant rebounding 4 or 5 to be contenders.