The Oklahoma City Thunder had the opportunity to do something significant this offseason. In 2012, they were good. In 2013, they needed a little bit more in order to be great. How would they get there?
One big move they could have made would have been to use the amnesty clause on center Kendrick Perkins. This would take roughly $8 million off the books next year, giving the team the ability to have a little extra room to address the lack of depth in the front court.
Perkins has been absolutely horrific since joining the team. He’s a liability on defense. He’s a liability on offense. Heck, he’s just plain bad. Can we call it what it is?
Drafting Steven Adams will only minimally help the team in the front court. Adams is a decent enough prospect to demand a bit of time off the bench, but he’s not NBA-ready by any means.
Nick Collison is probably the best big man off the bench simply because of his experience and willingness to do all of the little things down low. He’s not terrible in any area and can get the job done for the most part.
Serge Ibaka is really the only force down low, if you could call it that. Offensively, he’s better at his mid range game than he is with the post-up. He’s very good on defense, giving the team a healthy number of blocks throughout the year and can also rebound better than most.
With Perkins still on the team, though, the Thunder will suffer big time next season due to the lack of depth in that area as well as the inconsistency of his play. The team would have been much better off getting rid of him and taking the hit this summer to better prepare for filling out the necessary roster needs.