The team already has star PG Russell Westbrook sidelined until the All-Star Break at the earliest, and much of the offensive burden has rested on Kevin Durant‘s shoulders. Even though Durant can score with ease, it’s clear he needs some help until Westbrook can return.
Reggie Jackson has taken Westbrook’s place in the starting lineup, but in order to take the next step, head coach Scott Brooks should make more changes to the lineup on a permanent basis. Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins surely have enough merits to start, but they should be replaced by Jeremy Lamb and Nick Collison as these two players can add more to the team on both ends of the court.
Perkins’ case is quite obvious as he is constantly seen as the weak link on the team. Collison, on the other hand, is a high-energy player who hustles for every ball, can rebound and defend the rim properly while also adding some scoring inside. Both players have a similar skill-set, but Collison is way more effective and would benefit from having more minutes on a daily basis.
Sefolosha’s case can be debatable since he is the best defender of the team, but with Westbrook out, the Thunder need a scoring injection which is exactly what Lamb can add on the court. He is much better on the offensive end, and he has potential to be an average defender at his position due to his athleticism.
Replacing Sefolosha and Perkins with Lamb and Collison would add more offensive power. While it’s true that the defensive side would be a bit weaker, it is necessary while Westbrook is out. If the Thunder increase their firepower offensively, it’s hard to see any team matching them up in that area.