NBA: With Kendrick Perkins, Are the Oklahoma City Thunder Favorites in the West?

February 26th, 2011 by Mike Foster Leave a reply »
In the past few seasons in the Eastern Conference, former Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins quietly evolved from a fifth wheel on a three-wheel team to a respected post presence.

The 6'10" 280-pounder has never been a star, especially playing with the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and emerging star Rajon Rondo.

The four players listed above are All-Stars.

Perkins doesn't have that type of pedigree, but even so, many considered the big man a key piece to the Boston Celtics' success.

With his move to Oklahoma City, that could very well change in Perkins' favor. He has a chance to be in the spotlight; Perkins gives the Thunder a dominating post man.

But is he really that guy?

Many are claiming the Thunder could very well be the new favorite to win the Western Conference now that Perkins is suiting up with them, but is that really the case?

I say no.

His production is nowhere near star-caliber. Yes, I know he was the fifth man on a stacked Boston team, but his points-per-game average has always hovered under 10.

Will Perkins have more of an impact in Oklahom ...

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