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If Doug McDermott, Jerami Grant Don't Provide Some Answers, OKC Might Have Tougher Questions

by Jonny Auping

Mar 7, 2017 4:48 PM

Jerami Grant and Doug McDermott represent the one-step-back, two-steps-forward strategy. They are reasonable pieces that can complement Russell Westbrook in the future if given larger rules. Read more »

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The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

Mar 2, 2017 1:52 PM

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Thunder Turn Cameron Payne Into Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott

by Keith P Smith

Feb 23, 2017 5:37 PM

The Thunder had been looking for ways to add depth up front and to add more shooting around Russell Westbrook. They accomplished both of those objectives with this trade and didnít have to give up a significant rotation piece to do so. Read more »

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Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »
Russell Westbrook's Beautifully Useless Masterpiece Against KD's Decision

by Colin McGowan

The moment where Russell Westbrook shouted at Kevin Durant with the Thunder down 18 points perfectly explains his season. He's overmatched, brilliant, pushing too hard, and permanently incensed. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
The Hubris Of The Oklahoma City Westbrooks

by Christopher Reina

Russell Westbrook is a top-10 talent who plays his heart, soul and body out every night of the season, but the Thunder can't shake the ostensible reality they have one of the NBA's least talented and incompatible supporting casts around him. Read more »
Victor Oladipo's $84M And The Continual Issues Of The NBA's Salary Cap System

by Colin McGowan

Through one lens, Victor Oladipo may have just landed a contract that's a bit richer than he deserves. Through another, he's come out on top in a game that's rigged against him. Read more »
Thunder Continue Anticlimactic Way To Build Around A Top-Five Player

by Michael Pina

Even if Steven Adams and/or Victor Oladipo reach their potential, these deals still put a cap on Oklahoma City's ceiling while Russell Westbrook is a triple-double-averaging gargoyle. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Northwest Division

by Brett Koremenos

How Tom Thibodeau will use Karl-Anthony Towns on offense, finding a backcourt partner for Russell Westbrook, Evan Turner's fit with Portland, Quin Snyder's false ation offense and whether one of Denver's young guards will emerge as a foundational piece. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Colin McGowan

This is going to be a brutal 82-game slog into anti-heroicity. As a character study, it's intriguing. We're pretty sure we've accepted Russell Westbrook's flaws. He's going to test that acceptance, continually, for six months, until we break or he does. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

As the Wolves, Jazz and Nuggets look to end their playoff droughts with young rosters, the Blazers and Thunder focused on remaining playoff contenders amid major potential change. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Russell Westbrook, Thunder Agree Upon $85M Extension

by Christopher Reina

While Russell Westbrook may be stubbornly extending his time with the Thunder, the short-term prudence of the Thunder may set them back by not timing the start of their rebuild with the 2017 draft. Read more »
Why Russell Westbrook Chose His Uniquely Quixotic Task

by John Wilmes

While a superstar changing teams is always the more nuclear, news-exploding story, Russell Westbrook holding pattern in Oklahoma is just as dynamic a statement as Durant starting anew with the Warriors. Read more »
The Westbrook Revenge Tour

by Jonny Auping

Russell Westbrook's skillset is not totally void of system building. He might seem like the Tasmanian Devil, but he has definable talents that an entire offense can function around. Westbrook could become even more effective without Kevin Durant. Read more »
Russell Westbrook As Antihero On An Anti-Superteam

by Christopher Reina

Russell Westbrook playing as the unequivocal alpha and omega with a finely crafted set of elite role players is perhaps the ultimate fulfillment of his basketball destiny. Perhaps it is also the ultimate fulfillment of this asset-rich Celtics' era. Read more »
Team USA And The Genesis Of NBA Superteams

by Christopher Reina

Without the development of friendships as teammates and the on-court test drive of playing with each other as part of Team USA, the 2010 Heat and 2016 Warriors probably never happen. Read more »
A Basketball Capital Born In The Dust Considers What's Next

by John Wilmes

A small-market team fought for championships every year, gaining global prominence and pride as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook defied the long odds facing a multi-national entertainment product that stakes its identity in the middle of a state most known for its unbeautiful dust. Read more »
If It's Only About Golden State's Coronation

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Durant hasn't done anything wrong, per se, and he's created something we've never seen before, but the novelty of it will only carry us so far. Is this really going to be so wonderful to watch? Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Durant Leaves Oklahoma City For The Warriors

by Christopher Reina

Signing Kevin Durant with an existing team so young and talented that just won a record-breaking 73 regular season games is an NBA miracle. Durant's legacy will now be playing within the greatest offense in the history of basketball and however many titles they win. Read more »