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Thirty Futures: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Colin McGowan

Sep 25, 2017 9:58 AM

The bootleg superteam is the form we're perfecting these days: the squad that has some names, and a not inconsiderable amount of talent that is also thoroughly doomed. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Thunder Acquire Carmelo Anthony

by Keith P Smith

Sep 23, 2017 9:36 PM

The only way a team can hope to beat Golden State is by reasonably matching their versatility. Before this trade, the Thunder couldn't do that. Maybe they can now Read more »

Tags: New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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2017 Summer League Notes On All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

Jul 18, 2017 1:19 PM

Notes and observations on all 30 NBA teams from how they evaluated their offseason moves and what they saw from their Summer League prospects. Read more »

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Grading The Deals: Thunder Get Andre Roberson, Patrick Patterson On Value Contracts

by Christopher Reina

The Thunder were going to get better no matter what by virtue of the Paul George trade, but they're continuing their excellent offseason run by signing Andre Roberson and Patrick Patterson to affordable deals. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Kevin Durant Takes Major Discount Re-Signing With Warriors

by Christopher Reina

Kevin Durant showed his commitment to winning and loyalty to the Warriors in an extraordinary and seemingly unprecedented level of sacrifice and discount from a player of his caliber. Read more »
Paul George's Tenure With Pacers Ends With Surprise Trade To Thunder

by Andrew Perna

Time evaporated Paul George's value and the move they ultimately made feels like an undersell. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Paul George Traded To Thunder On Low Cost Gamble

by Christopher Reina

Even if Paul George becomes a one-year rental for the Thunder, the cost of acquisition is way too low to pass up. Read more »
2017 Offseason Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Keith P Smith

Outside of possibly re-signing Taj Gibson and Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City is likely to add veterans on minimum deals and will look similar to how they looked at the end of last season. Read more »
Oklahoma City Effectively Made Adjustments Yet No Lead On Houston Is Safe

by Matthew Tynan

The Thunder came in doing things a bit differently and it worked for most of Game 2, until it didn't. The scariest aspect of the Rockets was put on display: if you're going to throw your best punch at them, you'd better get way out in front because they can catch up in a hurry. Read more »
The Big Problems For Oklahoma City Against The Rockets

by Matthew Tynan

The best success for the Thunder have come when they've played big but how can you do that when the offense you're defending is so far from the basket? More specifically, where does Kanter fit in? Read more »
Westbrook's MVP Waterloo And The Death Of The NBA Individualist

by John Wilmes

Russell Westbrook's first season without Kevin Durant is positively MVP worthy. Does it run the risk of becoming Sisyphean if he wants to continue playing this way and the Thunder can't improve his supporting cast? Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Rockets Vs. Thunder Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On Oklahoma City defending the Ryan Anderson pass and follow, while the Rockets will try to make Russell Westbrook on defense. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
A Simple Defense Of The Triple-Double

by Colin McGowan

The points-rebounds-assists construction lacks many descriptive elements, but what it lacks in nuance it makes up for with a kind of beautifully crude legibility. Besides, Westbrook's six-month immolation of the NBA has primarily been about the joy and terror it has produced. Read more »
No One Can Take Our MVP Debates From Us

by Colin McGowan

If you can get beyond the bromides of the rudimentary who-ya-got MVP discussions that abound, there is the democratic nature of them. Read more »
If Doug McDermott, Jerami Grant Don't Provide Some Answers, OKC Might Have Tougher Questions

by Jonny Auping

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

by Keith P Smith

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

by Keith P Smith

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 »
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 »