The regular season has come to an end for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They finished the season 59-23 and are going into the playoffs with the No. 2 seed in the west and will be facing the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round.
1) Kevin Durant
Obviously. Durant practically has the race won for this seasons MVP. He has had a historical season, something we haven’t seen in the NBA since Michael Jordan in his prime, but don’t compare the two. Durant is averaging 31.9 points per game along with 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He has recorded 27 double-doubles as well as 6 triple-doubles. He ranks fourth in the NBA in real plus-minus at 6.65. The list of accomplishments could go on but it’s obvious he’s the best player on this team and the best in the NBA this season.
2) Russell Westbrook
Despite only playing 45 games this season after surgery, Westbrook has a huge impact on this team. He is essential for this teams success. Some may disagree but at this point Durant needs his sidekick Westbrook in order to win a ring this season. Westbrook is averaging 21.8 points per game this season as well as 5.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. He had 11 double-doubles and two triple-doubles. Hopefully Westbrook stays healthy throughout this postseason because they need him.
3) Serge Ibaka
Ibaka has shown great improvement in all aspects of his game this season. He is averaging a career-high in points and rebounds per game this season with 15.2 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. His blocks may be down this season but he is still a huge threat on the defensive end and alters a lot of shots. Ibaka did a good job of taking the role of Durant’s sidekick while Westbrook was out this season. Ibaka is vital to the Thunder’s success this postseason.
4) Reggie Jackson
Jackson did a tremendous job this season of stepping up in Westbrook’s place while he was out. He showed a lot of improvement from last season when he took over for Westbrook in the playoffs. Jackson has a lot of potential to be a good NBA player. He’s a vital factor to the Thunder winning a ring this year, he has to keep playing as well as he has all season even with Westbrook playing. Jackson is a player that could start for most NBA teams but won’t have that chance for the Thunder as long as Westbrook is there. He is averaging 13.1 points per game and 4.2 assists per game this season.
5) Caron Butler
Butler was a HUGE late season pickup for the Thunder. He has already made an impact on the team. He is a great role player and has a lot of NBA experience, which will come in handy in the playoffs. In his 21 games for the Thunder he is averaging 10.1 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game.
6) Nick Collison
Collison is a player that everyone wants on there team. He plays hard every possession and is tougher than nails. He’s a great role player and fits in well to this Thunder team. He averages 4.2 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. He is also fifth in real plus/minus in the NBA at 6.34.
7) Thabo Sefolosha
The Thunder missed Sefolosha greatly during his injury, especially on the defensive end. His presence on the defensive end is important to the Thunders success. He is averaging 6.3 points, 1.5 assists 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game this season.
8) Steven Adams
Adams had a fantastic rookie season. He showed nothing but potential for his future and the future of this program (if the Thunder keep him around, which they should). He has raw talent but there are specific areas in which he could improve. He is averaging 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.
9) Derek Fisher
Experience. That’s exactly what Fisher brings to this team. His experience is valuable and especially valuable to this team during the playoffs. If Fisher gets hot, he can be a huge threat. His shooting has been great this season and he’s also been great on the defensive end. He’s is averaging 5.2 points and 1.5 assists per game.
10) Kendrick Perkins
Perkins can be a treasure to this team some games and there are other games where he hurts the team more than helps. You never know what to expect from him when he steps out on the court. He could be helpful to this team during the playoffs or he could be useless, we’ll see. He’s averaging 3.4 points and 4.9 rebounds this season.
11) Jeremy Lamb
Lamb has improved immensely. He has only gotten limited playing time this season but still averaging 8.5 points 1.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds. He’s working his way into a bigger role for this Thunder team and shows potential.
12) Perry Jones III
Perry showed a huge step towards becoming more of a role player for the Thunder. Despite limited playing time, he worked his way into the starting lineup a few games. He has shown improvement every game. He lacks in strength and physicality, he needs to be one of the most explosive players on the team with his size and athletic ability. He is averaging 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds.
13) Andre Roberson
Will Roberson be Sefolosha’s replacement if Sefolosha leaves after this season? It’s a possibility; it might be a stretch but still a possibility. Roberson plays well on the defensive but needs improvement on the offensive end. He is averaging 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds.
14) Hasheem Thabeet
Thabeet fell out of his role as backup center this season and didn’t see much playing time. There are a lot of areas he could improve in. He probably won’t be a huge impact player for the Thunder this postseason. He is averaging only 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds.
15) Grant Jarrett
Who? He hasn’t seen the court for the Thunder this season.