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Oklahoma City

Thunder

Northwest

2011-12 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
105.499.2
3rd Overall14th Overall
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Stats through Feb. 16

W

22

L

7

PCT

.759

GB

--

CONF

17-6

DIV

4-1

HOME

10-1

ROAD

12-6

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Kevin Durant is is vying for MVP honors. Serge Ibaka is one of the best shot blockers in the league and improving daily. Kendrick Perkins is in great shape and ornery as ever, and there is depth.

A

BckCourt
Russell Westbrook continues to excite and frustrate all at once. James Harden is coming off the bench but better than most starting shooting guards in the league.

A

Defense
Their numbers might not indicate it, but the Thunder have such an athletic and competitive group that when needed they can dial up top flight defensive performances.

B

Bench
Harden, Nick Collison, Nazr Mohammed, Reggie Jackson and Daequan Cook are as good a second group as there is in the league. They know their roles and play them .

A

Coaching
Scott Brooks has handled a delicate situation with the Durant-Westbrook dynamic, and handled it with grace. He has to continue to manage it well, though.

A-

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A

Summary

Last season's media darlings have settled into a comfortable place atop the Western Conference standings. Durant has shined and he and Westbrook have found found a way to coexist without either one of them having to sacrifice their game to play with the other. The league's youngest elite team is clearly on the advanced championship track at this point.

But they do have some work to do beyond that dynamic duo. Too often Durant, Westbrook and Harden handle the bulk of the offensive work for the Thunder. And they should know by now that it's going to take more than that, much more than just huge contributions from those three guys, to grind through the Western Conference playoffs.

-- Sekou Smith

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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