The Oklahoma City Thunder were destined for big things in 2012, but only one team stood in their way: the Miami Heat. Even though they lost out to the Heat, the Thunder are poised for another phenomenal season, but how did they do in their off-season?
Additions and Subtractions: Drafted Perry Jones III; re-signed Serge Ibaka, Coach Scott Brooks; signed Hasheem Thabeet, Danile Orton; Lost Nazr Mohammed, Royal Ivey
The Thunder have a SOLID young core, so what can a young, talented, deep team that was ejected out of the NBA Finals so to better themselves in the off-season?
Not a whole lot, other than making small moves and keeping your core together.
Not only do they have a rock hard-core, but Perry Jones III from Baylor fell to the Thunder. How freaking lucky is that team?
Teams had concerns about a possible meniscus problem in his knee and fell down draft boards and right into Oklahoma City’s lap. He’s an all-around player whom is equally excellent in most facets of the game.
The club was able to re-sign Serge Ibaka , and it was of the utmost importance the team did as “Iblocka” led the league in blocks last season with 241 and he is growing in his own skill set as well as with the team.
The only question mark left with this team is if they will be able to keep James Harden on board and the time is ticking on that.
Club also picked up Thabeet, who many would deem a bust, will be riding the pine for much of the season is almost a non-factor. OKC also re-signed Scott Brooks who is a solid fit with the young team.
OKC may just get a second chance at NBA Finals redemption this season.
Final Grade: B+