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5 Reasons Why OKC Thunder PF Serge Ibaka is on Verge of Being Elite

5 Reasons Why Serge Ibaka is on the Verge of Being Elite

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Serge Ibaka has not been playing basketball his entire life, which makes you wonder where his game would be at if he had grown up with the sport. The big man has improved every season, but he has definitely not yet peaked as a player. The Oklahoma City Thunder got an absolute steal when they drafted Ibaka, and here are five reasons why the power forward is on the verge of becoming elite.

5. The Corner Pocket

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5. The Corner Pocket

Serge Ibaka Finds Groove
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Three ball in the corner pocket. Ibaka has shown tremendous improvement in his ability to shoot the outside jumper, and the corner three pointer in particular has become a deadly weapon for the power forward.

4. The OKC Thunder Will Contend 

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4. The OKC Thunder Will Contend 

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Being elite sometimes just means taking the next step towards a championship, and I think the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to make it back to the NBA finals next season.

3. He Will Become More Reliable Offensively

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3. He Will Become More Reliable Offensively

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After averaging 15.1 points per game last season, I would expect him to come close to averaging around 18 points per game next year. Russell Westbrook may have to pass a bit more often in order for that to happen though.

2. He Will Be a Block Machine

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2. He Will Be a Block Machine

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He did not lead the league in blocks last season. That honor will likely go to Anthony Davis for the next decade or two, but Ibaka should average at least three blocks per game in the coming year.

1. He Will Build Confidence in Spain

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1. He Will Build Confidence in Spain

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The Congo native played on the Spanish national team during the last Olympics, and he will suit up next to the Gasol brothers again at this summer's FIBA World Cup. If they make it to the gold medal game, it will mainly be due to Ibaka's growing confidence.