By Cody Daniel @CodyDanielRS on June 6, 2014
After the Oklahoma City Thunder were clearly overmatched by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, several considerations about what could be done to make the Thunder championship contenders again arose. But it's clear the Thunder need to make some changes, and here are a few ways to fix OKC this offseason.
One way or another, the Thunder need to get Kendrick Perkins out of Oklahoma City, whether it be by way of amnesty or trading him. At this point Perkins does more harm than good for OKC when on the court with constant fouling, being out of position defensively and being a useless option offensively. Oklahoma City needs an upgrade at the center position and even starting Steven Adams next season would be that.
As we were able to witness during the Western Conference Finals, outside of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder struggled to find reliable scoring options which cost them a trip to the NBA Finals. With several of the teams in the Western Conference improving rapidly, Oklahoma City will need to add another scoring option to remain as in the elite category of the NBA.
I know the Thunder faced the best bench in the NBA, but overall, the reserves made no impact whatsoever. Oklahoma City has a solid base with Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Steven Adams. If they can find a way to utilize the strengths of their bench, it could be a useful asset come playoff time next season.
Oklahoma City has several young players who could be key in a championship run next season, such as Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Steven Adams. If the training staff decided they are a part of the future and sets out to develop the younger guys, they could become the missing factor for the heat by the time the playoffs roll around next season.
As I previously mentioned, OKC needs to do something with Kendrick Perkins because he is simply not the answer in the paint. In addition to Perkins, I think it’s time to get rid of Nick Collison and quite possibly Thabo Sefolosha. If the Thunder are serious about championships, they have to be willing to get rid of guys who can no longer benefit them when it matters.
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