Ibaka came into the 2012-13 season with the attitude to get better each and every day, and has even been able to improve his performance on the defensive end, leading the league in blocks for the third straight year. The Congolese forward can be seen after practice each day continuing to hone and refine his jump shot, from the elbow all the way out to the corner for three. Becoming an effective all-around player in addition to his defensive prowess is a major goal of Ibaka’s as he continues to work on low post moves, his passing from the high post and defensive fundamentals. As a reliable mid-range shooter, Ibaka provides the Thunder with an added dynamic in its offense, particularly out of the pick-and-roll, while still presenting a threatening force on the defensive end. Ibaka has already set a career-high in points in a game and points per game this season, and while also improving his steadiness on the defensive end.
- FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME:
Tony Montana in "Scarface"
- FAVORITE MOVIE YOU'VE SEEN RECENTLY:
Batman, "The Dark Knight Rises"
- FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME:
"Walk Hard, Play Hard" by Wiz Khalifa
- LAST SONG PLAYED ON YOUR IPOD:
A song from the Congo
- MOST MEMORABLE COMMUNITY EVENT WITH THE THUNDER:
The day we helped rebuild a house for a family.
- FAVORITE THING ABOUT OKC, and WHY:
Nice people, good fans.
- FAVORITE TV SHOW, NOW AND PAST:
I don't have one
- FAVORITE CARTOON WHEN YOU WERE A KID:
"Tom and Jerry"
- FAVORITE ATHLETE WHEN YOU WERE A KID:
Ronaldo from Brazil
- ONE PERSON YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET:
Ibaka is a force on the defensive side of the floor and a key member of the Thunder’s young core. He was runner-up in the 2011-12 NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting and named to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team after blocking a league-best 3.6 shots per game, all while continuing to improve his man-to-man defense and help-side rotations. On the offensive end, Ibaka has become one of the Thunder’s most consistent finishers at the rim and shooters from 15-to-18 feet. Starting all 66 games last year, Ibaka shot 59.7 percent from the field in 33 games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. By utilizing a busy summer of development, highlighted by his play for the silver medal-winning Team Spain in the London Olympics, Ibaka comes into 2012-13 aiming to improve all aspects of his game.