By Mark Wilson @truluvsports on March 18, 2014
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the best teams in the NBA for a few years now. They are led by two superstars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook while Serge Ibaka is trying to become a third. Their roster has pretty much been stable through the years, but now is the time for a little shakeup.
Here are five free agents the Thunder should target.
It’s time for the Thunder to invest in a quality starting center who can score in the low post and actually rebound. He has the ability to play defense and with the coaching of Scott Brooks can become one of the best rim defenders in the league.
It’s time to finally get a real starting shooting guard, and Deng is capable of playing that position. He has the range and defensive ability to keep opposing teams honest. He will put up 18+ points a game while taking some pressure off of Durant and Westbrook.
Let Monroe handle the power forward duties and have Ibaka take over in the middle. Kendrick Perkins is not the rebounder and scorer that Monroe is, so this will be an upgrade to the starting unit. This lineup allows Durant more freedom on the perimeter and two strong inside scoring options.
His all-around game will mesh well with Westbrook and Durant because he won’t need to have many plays ran for him. Turner can create his own shot and is a stellar rebounder, passer and defender.
The Thunder have always lacked a true low post threat, and the signing of Randolph will settle that problem. Ibaka will slide to the center position, and the Thunder will be one of the best defensive, offensive and rebounding teams in the NBA.
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