A new week, starting a day later. Short work week. Let’s get it started. Here are the Rumblings.
A look at what Paul George will add to the Thunder via advanced statistics: “Anthony Morrow looks like something of a small sample size outlier — he’s known for his shooting not his driving prowess, and those numbers would likely have reversed if he had played more minutes. Westbrook ranks slightly above average in both areas. Alex Abrines was a solid shooter but didn’t offer much as an off-the-dribble creator. Jerami Grant’s numbers look extremely interesting but, again, small sample size is a concern here — Grant averaged 0.84 points per drive on 155 drives last season after averaging 0.72 points per drive on 523 drives over the previous two seasons. We see the same thing with his catch-and-shoot numbers — 39.4 percent on 109 attempts last year, 29.7 percent on 279 attempts his first two seasons.”
Bleacher Report says the Patrick Patterson signing was the 2nd most underrated move of the offseason: “Patterson battled left knee pain last season and underwent arthroscopic surgery in early August, though OKC expects him back in time for training camp. The 28-year-old might be a specialist—65.9 percent of his shots were threes in 2016-17—but his specialty addresses a glaring need (shot 37.2 percent from beyond the arc).”
Brett Dawson looks at the difficulty in proving player to player tampering: “Let’s say small forward John Doe is nearing a season-opening deadline to sign with his team. If he doesn’t, he has the option to become a free agent in the offseason. He’s engaged in regular conversations with James Smith, a point guard who plays for another team. If Smith routinely tells Doe, “You’re a great player. You’re the missing piece. Come play with us and win a title,” it ultimately doesn’t mean much, the way Ross sees it. Presumably, that kind of conversation is happening all the time among players.”
Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report looks at LeBron’s future with a hint of Westbrook added in there: “How would teams defend two triple-double powerhouses like James and Westbrook? On most nights, they don’t… That said, when asked, various NBA executives believe Westbrook will eventually sign his deal with the Thunder. George may be more attainable, especially with the Lakers essentially off the hook for the tampering charge levied by the Pacers.”