Daily Thunder Rumblings – 06 July 2017

Happy the Thunder re-signed Andre Roberson. I was beginning to get worried that would be a long, drawn out situation. Instead, Roberson wanted to come back to OKC and OKC always longed to bring Roberson back. I guess $10 million was the middle ground. Here are the Rumblings for this Thursday.

Royce Young and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN team up to talk about the Roberson extension: “Roberson’s market was a tough one to gauge in the NBA because of his specialist role as a defensive stopper. After turning down an extension in October, Roberson didn’t garner the kind of interest he expected this offseason. His offensive issues are well-known, highlighted by his struggles at the free throw line during this past postseason, when he hit only 3-of-21 free throws and was a target of intentional fouling.”

Erik Horne looks at the trade market for Enes Kanter: “The NBA is trending small at the expense of the traditional big man. It’s not that Kanter isn’t effective. He was one of the most efficient offensive threats in the NBA last season, averaging 24.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per 36 minutes.”

The Thunder had a couple fireworks of their own on July 4th, signing power forward Patrick Patterson: “Patterson is defensive minded stretch four that doesn’t need the ball in his hands. This is perfect next to two ball-dominant players like George and Westbrook, and he’s not too bad at setting screens either. The real win here, however, is on defense. Oklahoma City has long athletic defenders that can do a lot of switching, which will make it tough for opponents get baskets.”

Horne on whether anyone, to include Westbrook, saw an MVP in his future: “Sam Presti, Troy Weaver and the then-Seattle SuperSonics thought so in the 2008 draft. Westbrook never forgot that. “I appreciate you guys believing in me, drafting me No. 4 when nobody thought that was a great decision,” Westbrook said early in his MVP speech June 26 in New York City.”

The Ringer looks at the Westbrook/George pairing: “George is the best teammate Westbrook has had since Kevin Durant left OKC, and Russ is the best teammate George will have played with in his entire career. PG-13 averaged 23.7 points on 46 percent shooting with 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season. He shot at a near-40-percent clip from beyond the arc, and routinely took the opposing team’s best perimeter player and put him in his back pocket. He should especially enjoy Westbrook’s drive-and-kick passing — George’s catch-and-shoot peers are Steph Curry and Bradley Beal. He scored 7.4 points per game off catch-and-shoot attempts last season. He is Andre Roberson, if Andre Roberson were Spider-Man.”

Apparently Steven Adams will be visiting Top Golf a lot this season.

Rohan Nadkarni of SI looks at the weapons race that is the NBA this offseason (which, of course includes Paul George): “Houston has added Chris Paul and P.J. Tucker, and has its eye on Carmelo Anthony. The Wolves have added Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The Thunder have added Paul George and Patrick Patterson. The Nuggets added Paul Millsap. That’s four All-Stars and four All-NBA caliber players headed West. And after losing Paul, the Clippers kept Blake Griffin and added Danilo Gallinari.”

Berry Tramel looks at the back-up point guard situation around the NBA: “But the Thunder is about out of money to sign a backup point guard. OKC will have to shop in the bargain bin for a point guard, unless it chooses to go with just two point guards (Westbrook, Semaj Christon), which is not advisable. So who’s left?”

Josh Huestis and Dakari Johnson have been impressive for the Thunder in summer league.

Good article on Dakari Johnson’s journey in his quest to make it to the NBA: “The Oklahoma City Thunder left the 2015 NBA Draft with Cameron Payne (no. 14 overall) and Dakari Johnson (no. 48 overall) in tow. Payne has already been shipped off to Chicago and Johnson spent the last two seasons in the NBA G League with the Oklahoma City Blue. Sam Presti has become increasingly adept at convincing players to join their G League affiliate as a draft rights player, with the promise that in one of the seasons following they will have a chance to play with the big club.”

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