|2011-12 Team Rating|
|3rd Overall||14th Overall|
Stats through Feb. 16
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||F|
|New York Knicks||C+|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|