NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 24 July 2018

img_4063Tim Bontemps (Washington Post) says the Thunder didn’t make a mistake in trading for Carmelo Anthony: “Before the Anthony trade, the Thunder was a franchise in a state of flux. Russell Westbrook had yet to sign a long-term contract extension, and there was no guarantee he would. Paul George had been acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Indiana Pacers three months earlier, giving Oklahoma City a second star to pair with Westbrook after Kevin Durant departed in free agency, but there was no indication George would stick around for the long term.”

Kevin O’Connor (The Ringer) on how the acquisition of Dennis Schröder may help change Russell Westbrook: “But Oklahoma City’s style needs to change, and Donovan knows it. The Thunder have ranked near the bottom of the league in passing metrics—from possession time to assists—during Donovan’s tenure, but he regularly says during his press conferences that he wants better movement.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on how Schröder fits on the Thunder: “For as much as Schroder and Westbrook utilize the screen game, each was among a crop of middle-of-the road pick-and-roll ballhandlers in scoring efficiency last season. Schroder and Westbrook ranked 19th and 24th, respectively, among 43 players in scoring percentile for players who had 400 or more possessions as the pick-and-roll ballhandler, per NBA.com/stats.”

Jonathan Abrams (Bleacher Report) on how Russell Westbrook has fared since the departure of Kevin Durant: “I don’t like breaks,” Westbrook said after Oklahoma City’s six-game playoff loss to Utah. “I like to play. I like to play. Breaks—you can break another time. I had a break last summer. Now I’ve got another one. I’d rather not have breaks.”

Enes Kanter joined The Herd and discussed Colin Cowherd’s favorite subject: Russell Westbrook. 

Shana Renee (Bleacher Report) on the player most like Westbrook…and SHE plays for the Oregon Ducks: “As a sophomore in 2017-18, the 5’11” guard, born in California with Romanian roots, broke the record for triple-doubles when she recorded her eighth—in just her 48th college game. (The previous record holders, Penn State’s Suzie McConnell and Saint Mary’s Louella Tomlinson, had seven in 128 and 125 games, respectively.) She finished the season with 10.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the Thunder trading for Abdel Nader: “In 48 games for Boston, Nader (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) averaged three points and 1.5 rebounds per game as a rookie, including 35.4 percent from 3-point range. Nader was named the G-League Rookie of the Year in 2016-17, averaging 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Maine Red Claws.”

Apparently, Berry Tramel (NewsOK) listens to the podcast, as he talks about the Thunder building through untradeable contracts: “Think about it. With every trade of an untradeable contract, Presti gets the Thunder roster a little closer to what the Thunder needs. Started with Kanter, an old-fashioned back-to-the-basket brute who still is an effective player but is a dinosaur in the playoffs, where coaches can create nightmare matchups for OKC. “Can’t play Kanter,” Billy Donovan famously said from the bench in the 2017 playoffs.”

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