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5 Ways to Make the Oklahoma City Thunder Better This Offseason

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5 Ways OKC Can Improve This Offseason

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Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the cusp of a championship season with the addition of an MVP award. At this point, the Thunder are one of the favorites to win the NBA Finals. But regardless of whether they win or not, there are some improvements to be made in the offseason.

5. Develop Younger Players

Jeremy Lamb
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5. Develop Younger Players

Jeremy Lamb
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Oklahoma City has built their franchise from the ground up by being able to develop their young potential. With Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, Andre Roberson and Steven Adams having the ability to become pivotal players to support Kevin Durant and company, development is key this offseason.

4. Do Something With Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
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4. Do Something With Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
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The Thunder have to do something with Kendrick Perkins. Despite being only 29 years old, his impact on the team isn't what it once was and his role on the team must reflect that. Whether it be reducing Perkins' minutes or trading him, the Thunder, who are statically worse with him on the court, need to find room for the next big man up.

3. Add Another Scoring Option

Reggie Jackson
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3. Add Another Scoring Option

Reggie Jackson
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When Russell Westbrook went down with his injury, Kevin Durant shouldered an unfathomable offensive load to keep his team competitive. By adding another scoring option, whether it be Reggie Jackson or Jeremy Lamb stepping up, Oklahoma City would make the lives of Durant and Westbrook much easier.

2. Find Another Post Presence

Isaiah Austin
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2. Find Another Post Presence

Isaiah Austin
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As I mentioned earlier, a reduced role for Kendrick Perkins would help this team greatly. But that's only if a solid replacement is lined up, and the NBA Draft is a perfect place for that. Yes, Steven Adams is only a rookie, but there are no guarantees he will develop. A presence like Baylor's Isaiah Austin with his defense and scoring ability would help the Thunder's lineup tremendously.

1. Silence the Skeptics

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1. Silence the Skeptics

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Remember when LeBron James finally got over the Mt. Everest sized obstacle of winning a NBA Championship? The same pressure is slowly but surely fallen on the shoulders of Kevin Durant and the Thunder. By winning the NBA Finals this season, the critics would be silenced the moment the season is over, and the lifted pressure of winning a championship would make OKC better.