NBA Offseason Double Trouble- Thunder and Magic

Posted: 10/24/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

Time is running short on the NBA offseason, as the regular season starts in a little over a week. So I’ll be doing two teams.

Oklahoma City Thunder:
Key additions: Perry Jones (draft), Hasheem Thabeet (FA), Hollis Thompson (FA)
Key losses: None

Grade: B

It’s just business as usual for the Thunder. They didn’t lose anyone, and got a steal very late in the first round, in Perry Jones. Jones was supposed to be a lottery pick, but because of a poor college career fell late into the first round. Of course, the Thunder are the best team for him. He will be able to play backup behind Kevin Durant, and he will have the chance to develop. The Thunder also added draft bust Hasheem Thabeet to their roster. Thabeet is still a good defender and rebounder, and could still develop. The drama for the Thunder was not this offseason. It might be next offseason, as Serge Ibaka and James Harden become free agents. It’s likely that they will only be able to keep one. Will it be the defensive monster or the scoring beast?

This team is obviously a top 5 team, and probably top 3. With Durant and Russell Westbrook, two players who are top three at their position, leading the team, followed up by Ibaka and Harden, they will be good.

Last year’s starting lineup:
PG: Westbrook
SG: Thabo Sefolosha
SF: Durant
PF: Ibaka
C: Kendrick Perkins

Projected starting lineup:
Same.

Roster: (usual active 12 in italics):
PG: Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor, Reggie Jackson, Walker Russell
SG: Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden, Daequan Cook, DeAndre Liggins, Andy Rautins
SF: Kevin Durant, Lazar Hayward, Hollis Thompson
PF: Serge Ibaka, Perry Jones III, Nick Collison
C: Kendrick Perkins, Cole Aldrich, Hasheem Thabeet, Daniel Orton

Projected minutes:
PG: Westbrook (31), Maynor (13), Harden (4)
SG: Harden (26), Sefolosha (14), Westbrook (6), Cook (2)
SF: Durant (30), Hayward (10), Jones (3), Harden (3), Sefolosha (2)
PF: Ibaka (24), Jones (12), Durant (7), Collison (5)
C: Perkins (23), Aldrich (14), Collison (6), Ibaka (5)

Projected minutes for each player:
Durant: 38
Westbrook: 37
Harden: 29
Ibaka: 29
Perkins: 23
Sefolosha: 16
Jones: 15
Aldrich: 14
Maynor: 13
Collison: 11
Hayward: 10
Cook: 2

Last year’s stats for each player:
Durant: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.3 steals per game
Westbrook: 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.7 steals per game
Harden: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1 steal per game
Ibaka: 9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 blocks per game
Perkins: 5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1 assists, 1.1 blocks per game
Sefolosha: 5 points, 3 rebounds per game (42 games, injured rest of season)
Jones: COLLEGE
Aldrich: 2 points, 2 rebounds per game (26 games, DNP CD rest of season)
Maynor: 4 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game (9 games, injured rest of season)
Collison: 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds per game
Hayward: 1.5 points per game (26 games, DNP CD rest of season)
Cook: 5.5 points, 2 rebounds per game

Each player’s strengths:
Durant: everything other than limiting turnovers
Westbrook: everything other than limiting turnovers
Harden: shooting, scoring, scoring off the bench, passing, FT
Ibaka: defense, rebounds, blocks, dunking
Perkins: defense, rebounds
Sefolosha: defense, steals, finishing at the basket
Jones: athleticism, potential, speed, finishing at the basket
Aldrich: decent mid range shooting
Maynor: floor general, passing
Collison: rebounding
Hayward: nothing?
Cook: 3 point shooting

Orlando Magic:

Key additions: Jameer Nelson (re-sign), Andrew Nicholson (draft), Gustavo Ayon (trade), Nikola Vucevic (trade), Maurice Harkless (trade), Aaron Afflalo (trade), Al Harrington (trade)

Key losses: Ryan Anderson (trade), Dwight Howard (trade), Chris Duhon (trade), Jason Richardson (trade), Earl Clark (trade)

Grade: D-

At least they ended the drama. Finally. Dwight Howard is gone. And in his place is… no, not Pau Gasol.. A lot of unproven and/or mediocre players. They also traded their second best player, Ryan Anderson, for an unproven player, Gustavo Ayon. The good thing is that the Magic now have three more first round picks, and some young guys with potential. But this is a badddd time for Orlando.

Last year’s starting lineup:
PG: Jameer Nelson
SG: Jason Richardson
SF: Hedo Turkoglu
PF: Ryan Anderson
C: Dwight Howard

Projected starting lineup:
PG: Nelson
SG: Aaron Afflalo
SF: Turkoglu
PF: Glen Davis
C: Nikola Vucevic

Roster: (usual active 12 in italics):
PG: Jameer Nelson, Ishmael Smith
SG: Aaron Afflalo, J.J. Redick, E’Twaun Moore, Christian Eyenga
SF: Hedo Turkoglu, Maurice Harkless, Quentin Richardson
PF: Glen Davis, Al Harrington, Andrew Nicholson, Josh McRoberts, Justin Harper
C: Nikola Vucevic, Gustavo Ayon, Kyle O’Quinn

Projected minutes:
PG: Nelson (27), Smith (12), Afflalo (9)
SG: Afflalo (20), Redick (20), Richardson (8)
SF: Turkoglu (26), Harkless (14), Harrington (8)
PF: Davis (23), Harrington (14), Ayon (7), Nicholson (1)
C: Vucevic (23), Ayon (14), Davis (5), Nicholson (5)

Projected minutes for each player:
Afflalo: 29
Davis: 28
Nelson: 27
Turkoglu: 26
Vucevic: 23
Harrington: 22
Ayon: 21
Redick: 20
Harkless: 14
Smith: 12
Richardson: 8
Nicholson: 6

Last year’s stats for each player:
Afflalo: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game
Davis: 9 points, 5.5 rebounds per game
Nelson: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists per game
Turkoglu: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4.5 assists per game (52 games, injured rest of season)
Vucevic: 5.5 points, 5 rebounds per game (51 games, DNP CD rest of season)
Harrington: 14 points, 6 rebounds per game
Ayon: 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal per game (54 games, DNP CD rest of season)
Redick: 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game
Harkless: COLLEGE
Smith: 3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game (26 games, DNP CD rest of season)
Richardson: 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds per game (45 games, injured rest of season)
Nicholson: COLLEGE

Each player’s strengths:
Afflalo: shooting, FT, passing, defense
Davis: rebounding, inside shooting
Nelson: passing, shooting
Turkoglu: passing, outside shooting
Vucevic: mid range shooting, rebounding, scoring
Harrington: 3 point scoring, scoring off the bench
Ayon: rebounding, inside scoring
Redick: 3 point shooting, scoring
Harkless: versatility, rebounding, defense
Smith: passing
Richardson: leadership
Nicholson:shooting, FT, rebounding

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Comments
  1. philabundant says:

    I agree about Perry Jones. I think he will ultimately make an impact for some NBA team, not sure it will be the Thunder.

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