The Oklahoma City Thunder made the decision early in the off-season that they were not going to use their remaining amnesty clause on Kendrick Perkins, their starting center. As logic would dictate, that means that Perkins is going to be around in OKC for the 2013-2014 NBA season, which is unfortunate for the Thunder.
In 78 games last season he averaged only 4.2 points, six rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.1 minutes per game and shot just 45.7 percent from the field. For a team as talented and quality as the Thunder, it’s hard to believe that their starting center posted a PER of 8.20 last season, one of the worst ratings in the league.
Perkins is still a relatively solid defender. Last season he allowed only 0.75 points per possession, the 26th best mark in the league. However, the troubling defensive stat that he posted last season is that he was at his worst defending post-up plays, the set that he most often has to defend. Perkins allowed 0.83 points per possession in post-up situations last year, just the 138th best rate in the league.
However, the biggest issue with Perkins is how abysmal he is on the offensive end of the floor. Defenses can almost entirely ignore Perkins’ presence on offense because he’s so ineffective. Last season he averaged only 0.68 points per possession, which ranked an unbelievable 439th in the league. That means he was statistically one of the worst offensive players in the entire league last season.
Perkins can still give the Thunder some value with his defense, but his offensive inability is too glaring for anyone to consider him an asset. When it comes down to it, the Thunder are going to rue the day that they decided not to rid themselves of Perkins when they had the chance.