Perkins has set the standard for toughness with the Thunder from the very moment he stepped into the locker room two seasons ago. The team’s starting center and defensive anchor sacrifices his body and statistics for the team by focusing completely on his role and giving himself to the team. By defending the opposition’s most physical post presence and concentrating on disrupting the pick-and-roll, Perkins makes defense his craft and communicates with the rest of the team from the back line. His constant chatter is a form of strength for the Thunder, as that communication is a key component in ensuring that all five players are in the right spot at the right time. On offense Perkins is known for setting great screens both on and off the ball to free up scorers, while also continuing to work on his elbow jumper and finishing around the rim.
- FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME:
"Apocalypto." It's just my favorite, the action and all, it's crazy. It's a wild movie.
- FAVORITE MOVIE YOU'VE SEEN RECENTLY:
"Finding Nemo 3D," because of my kids.
- LAST SONG PLAYED ON YOUR IPOD:
"Drop 4" by Lil Wayne
- MOST MEMORABLE COMMUNITY EVENT WITH THE THUNDER:
We went and helped remodel a woman's house. She was taking care of six of her grandchildren and we went as a team into the house and helped put new carpet down, paint the walls, stuff like that. She was just so happy. She gave me a huge hug. I'll never forget that.
- FAVORITE PRO SPORTS TEAM OUTSIDE OF THE NBA:
- FAVORITE THING ABOUT OKC, and WHY:
A have a lot favorites. It's a great place to live overall, outside of basketball. People are very friendly, it's a very Christian state … it's just a hard-working state, everybody works hard and gets what they earn.
- FAVORITE TV SHOW, NOW AND PAST:
"Martin," period. All day.
- FAVORITE CARTOON WHEN YOU WERE A KID:
It had to be "Doug"
- FAVORITE ATHLETE WHEN YOU WERE A KID:
- ONE PERSON YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET:
I think the first thing is chemistry. That's the good thing about our team, we're not selfish and guys give up themselves even though guys would love to have 20-point games every night, it's just buying into the system and doing your role and doing what we need to do to take it to the next level. At the end of the day, when you win as a team everybody gets a piece of the pie and you don't have anything to worry about on an individual note. That's the great thing about it.