Jonathan J. Bates of WTLC looks at a potential death line-up for the Thunder: “The Thunder welcome two significant additions this season: Paul George and Patrick Patterson. It is not only that they are better players, but also the skill sets they bring that will radically change the Thunder. George shot 46.1 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from downtown per game. Patterson shot 37 percent from the three point line and averaged 6.8 points. 6.8 points seems low, but he only averaged 24 minutes per game as the fourth scoring option on the team. The Raptors only used him (Usage Rate). According to Scott Rafferty of Fansided, Patterson knocked down 36.9 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers.”
Dan Feldman of NBC Sports looks at the premise of the Thunder being a two superstar team once again: “Durant is better than George, sure. But Westbrook now is also better than the Westbrook who played with Durant. George might also fit better with Westbrook than Durant did, which can go a long way in overcoming the talent deficit. For a star, George is exceptionally comfortable off the ball – important as Westbrook dove headfirst into controlling everything post-Durant last season. George can also be a lockdown defender. And when Westbrook sits, George can dominate the offense himself.”
Apparently, a lot of that material was provided by the Thunder, themselves. To which, Perkins reciprocated back with a heartfelt message. #FamilyIsFamily
Russell Westbrook finally made it to the gym of all gyms this off-season to run a couple games against Hoodie Melo. Apparently he also hit the game-winner. We cannot confirm whether he messed around and got a triple-double, though. Can’t wait for October 19th.
After the scrimmage, Brandon Jennings had this to say:
GQ interviewed Westbrook about his new book about fashion: “It’s not just one particular person, but I have been blessed with the opportunity to sit down with [Condé Nast Creative Director] Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, and even Simon Doonan, and having conversations with different people about how they do their jobs. I love having conversations with the people at Barney’s too, I have a great relationship with them, and talk to them about product placement, store design, things of that nature. I also like talking to women’s designers about what they see. I’ve had so many conversations and have absorbed so much information and I think you can never stop learning. There’s so many things to learn, even though I can’t do it 24/7 because I have another job.”
Alex Abrines to miss the rest of EuroBasket 2017 because of a knee injury: “Today is certainly a difficult day,” Abrines tweeted out in a statement that has been translated from its original Spanish. “Today I have to leave Eurobasket, something that those who know me know it hurts especially, because being part of this TEAM is an honor and a privilege. Even these days, unable to help on the court, although difficult, have been important to me. I can only thank others for worrying so much about me. Finally, this is the time and place to give all the strength in the world to my teammates, to ‘The Family,’ who will certainly fight until the last day to achieve our goal, winning Eurobasket.”
Semaj Christon isn’t too worried about his upcoming contract decision: “But Christon, 24, picked up a sense of excitement working out with Thunder teammates in Los Angeles this summer. “The stuff we were doing in L.A., it looked good,” Christon said of the work between George and Westbrook. “When you have two superstars on the court at the same time, it’ll make everything easier for everybody.” Christon is working to ensure “everybody” includes himself. It started with a return to Oklahoma City to voluntarily work out with fellow teammates including Josh Huestis and Dakari Johnson.”