Quarter-Season Grades for Each Oklahoma City Thunder Player

December 20th, 2016 by Vytis Lasaitis Leave a reply »
Having crossed the quarter-season mark of the 2016-17 NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have firmly established themselves as serious playoff contenders with a 16-12 record, ranking seventh in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City tipped off Russell Westbrook's revenge tour in style, leading the West seven games into the year. But even amid his heroics, the Thunder's young and promising core still lacks consistency. Since that start, OKC is 10-11, going through the expected growing pains of an inexperienced roster.

The Thunder are dead even in net rating, according to NBA.com, ranking 12th in the league. That figure proves that OKC is certainly holding its own against most opposition, but it also further substantiates the label of an average team. The balance to consistently beat inferior teams simply isn't there yet.

With plenty of talent to develop, Oklahoma City is naturally inclined to provide its youngsters with crucial experience, but certain veterans remain in the rotation in pursuit of the playoffs.

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