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5 Biggest Issues Facing Oklahoma City Thunder In 2014 Offseason

5 Biggest Issues Facing Oklahoma City Thunder In 2014 Offseason

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The Thunder have been one of the NBA's most exciting and best teams over the past few seasons, but they have continued to fall short come playoff time. Kevin Durant has won countless awards and his cohort Russell Westbrook is as explosive a player as there is, so why are the Thunder falling short? Will that trend continue in the 2014-15 NBA season? These are the top five issues facing the team.

5. Too Many Jump Shots, Not Enough Half-Court Offense

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5. Too Many Jump Shots, Not Enough Half-Court Offense

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Whenever Oklahoma City plays on TNT, you hear Charles Barkley comment on this. The Thunder are a jump shooting, isolation scoring team, and when playoff time rolls around, that doesn’t cut it. They lack a back to the basket post presence and score a lot of their points in transition which is another strategy that thrives during the 82-game regular season but gets beat come playoff time.

4. Russell Westbrook Hasn’t Learned To Defer

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4. Russell Westbrook Hasn’t Learned To Defer

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Westbrook is an electrifying talent, but he has not learned to turn down his motor when necessary. He often plays too fast, causing turnovers or low percentage shots, and he still hasn’t realized that Kevin Durant, one of the most skilled scorers in the history of the game, is on his team. KD should be getting the most shot attempts every game, but with the ball in Westbrook’s hands, that often isn't the case. This must change.

3. Kendrick Perkins' Lack Of Production

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3. Kendrick Perkins' Lack Of Production

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There is something to be said for the grit and toughness that Perkins provides, but that intimidation factor can only get you so far. If Perkins was a 10 minute per game guy, he would be valuable, but he plays almost double that amount. His production just does not warrant more than a few minutes per quarter. Steven Adams needs to be given some of those minutes this upcoming season by the man at No. 2 on this list.

2. Scott Brooks Often Seems Clueless

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2. Scott Brooks Often Seems Clueless

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Almost everything on this list stems from Brooks’ lack of mindfulness. His rotations are awful, his offensive sets are often nonexistent and quite frankly, he doesn’t seem to have control of his players. The Thunder offense is incredibly stagnant with tons of guys standing and watching as Westbrook and Durant try and make something happen. That will not win a championship. Brooks may be in his last season if the Thunder don't win it all.

1. Scarce Bench Scoring

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1. Scarce Bench Scoring

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For all of the great things GM Sam Presti has done for this team, the Thunder continue to lack depth. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb have their moments, but the development of these guys seems to be stalling. Brooks takes a lot of blame but at some point you have to look at a roster and realize that maybe there just is not enough talent. OKC hopes Anthony Morrow and Sebastian Telfair can bring that scoring punch they desperately need this season.