Daily Thunder Rumblings – 16 August 2017

img_4133-5Thank you for reading. Here are the Rumblings…

Paul George talks about his return to Indianapolis: “After repeated first-round playoff exits, George, 27, faced a contract year with idle 42-40 Indiana, and clarified his desire to chase victories elsewhere. And though much hearsay exists concerning where the four-time All Star may land next season, for now, George and reigning-MVP teammate Russell Westbrook look to ascend the Western Conference rankings.”

Enes Kanter reunited with Kevin Durant in a pick-up game in New York City: “Enes Kanter and Kevin Durant … playing pickup basketball … together? That was the scene Tuesday at New York City’s Life Time Athletic Sky, where Kanter and his former Thunder teammate were videoed playing a 5-on-5 game on the same court along with LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony.”

The Thunder are the NBA’s 4th most marketable team: “The Thunder is the fourth-most marketable team in the NBA for the upcoming season. We know that by the best of metrics: television appearances. The NBA schedule was released Monday, and OKC’s national television appearances rank fourth, behind only Golden State, Houston and Cleveland. And the Thunder actually is tied with Cleveland in one of the metrics you can use.”

Top-10 revenge games for the 2017-18 season.

A look at Paul George’s offensive and defensive fit with the Thunder: “Of course, the Thunder go as Westbrook goes. Pairing their franchise centerpiece with another superstar — and one whose skill-set is the perfect complement — significantly increases this team’s ceiling. Despite all of Westbrook’s heroics last season, he seemed to run out of steam late in games — and understandably so. Westbrook had the highest usage rate in NBA history by wide margin last season (41.7 percent; Kobe Bryant is second with 38.7 percent in 2005-06) as the Thunder lacked a proficient secondary ball handler to take pressure off of their superstar point guard. This issue manifested itself during the team’s playoff series against the Houston Rockets, in which Westbrook shot just 28.6 percent from the field and 19 percent from 3-point range during fourth quarters.”

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