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Midseason Report Cards
Oklahoma City
Stats Through Jan. 20
W-L 31-10
PCT .756
DIV 6-5
CONF 20-8
HOME 18-3
ROAD 13-7
Kevin Durant is putting up MVP-type numbers. Two-way force Serge Ibaka should be in the All-Star conversation and rookie center Steven Adams is providing needed depth behind Kendrick Perkins.
Reggie Jackson is making a name for himself as the fill-in starter for Russell Westbrook, who was playing remarkably well until his latest knee setback. Jeremy Lamb is coming along nicely.
Long and quick, they attack on the perimeter and are physical in the paint. The Thunder have the top defense in the West and one that often gets overlooked because of its offensive prowess.
Perceived by many early on as a weakness, the second unit is particularly potent with Jackson off the bench. Lamb and Stevens have been solid additions to steady Nick Collison.
Scott Brooks takes criticism for things like drawing up unimaginative plays out of timeouts. Fact is he consistently gets high-level defense and effort from young players, especially through adversity.

The Thunder played 40 percent of the first half of the season without their All-Star point guard, yet have managed to keep their standing near the top of the Western Conference. That should make the other contenders awfully nervous.

Durant, averaging better than 30 points and five assists, has talked about being tired of finishing second (behind LeBron James), and his terrific first half is proof that he's making a run at the scoring title, the MVP and -- most of all -- a championship. Such a run will take a healthy Westbrook. He appears on pace to rejoin the team in the next several weeks. It certainly appears that all the other pieces are in place for this to be an historic season in the brief era of Thunder basketball.

-- Jeff Caplan

2013-14 Team Rating
Offense Defense
106.5 98.5
7th Overall 3rd Overall