Kendrick Perkins has long been the albatross in the rotation of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The fans see it, fans of other teams see it, people who know little-to-nothing about the NBA can sometimes see it, but apparently head coach Scott Brooks cannot see it. Like clockwork, Perkins is always there playing his 20-or-so minutes per game for OKC, for better or worse.
However, the fans won’t have to suffer through Perkins’ lack of offense and generally inept play for at least the next few weeks. According to a report from ESPN news services, Perkins underwent surgery on his left groin and will miss approximately six weeks while recovering from the procedure.
Perkins’ numbers have been expectedly poor this season with the big man averaging 3.4 points, five rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 19.7 minutes per game while shooting a mere 44.4 percent from the floor, shooting just 55.9 percent from the foul line, and turning the ball over 1.6 times per game. Even those pretty abysmal numbers don’t account for the fact that Perkins is often a train-wreck to watch when he tries to do almost anything offensively.
What will be interesting for the Thunder, who currently hold a 2.5-game lead in the Western Conference, will be to see how rookie Steven Adams will handle an increase in playing time. Obviously he’ll be splitting time with Nick Collison and possibly Hasheem Thabeet at the position, but the rookie has been a solid, tough, and energetic presence off of the bench this season.
Adams isn’t going to give too much offensively, albeit probably a bit more than Perkins, but his rebounding and energy on the interior could give the Thunder a slight spark. The key will be for Adams to try and stay on the floor and out of foul trouble as he’s averaging 2.6 fouls in his 14.2 minutes per game this season. We’ll see if having Perkins out of the lineup is as beneficial to the Thunder as many people have long said it would be.