Hopefully everyone who got paid yesterday is rich in mind, body, and soul. Here are the Rumblings for Tuesday.
A look at how the Thunder stacks up against the rest of the West: “The biggest improvement the Oklahoma City Thunder will need to make is three-point shooting. Last season, the Thunder shot 32.6% from three. This will also change with George as he is a career 37% three point shooter. PG will demand the ball more this season than Victor Oladipo did last season, therefore taking away shots from below-average shooters like Andre Roberson. Defensively, the Thunder guarded the three moderately well. They held opponents to 35% shooting. However, their opponents shot 50% from the floor last season. Oklahoma City had trouble in the post. The loss of Serge Ibaka was troubling for the Thunder on the block. However, the addition of Patterson paired with Adams, should change that percentage easily.”
Looking at Raymond Felton as the X-factor for next season: “The double-digit net fall off the Thunder suffered through when Westbrook rested last season, -12 pts/100 possessions, is well documented and it only got worse after Kanter’s “chair” incident. Not only did Kanter’s personal scoring drop, but he stopped reading when opponents came at him with a double-team and started forcing shots rather than hitting open perimeter shooters. The effect was devastating and suffice it to say, once the playoffs rolled around the Thunder’s bench was a raging dumpster fire. Now, Raymond Felton has voluntarily taken it upon himself to turn that hot mess into something productive.”