Thunder At A Glance – 27 August 2018

img_4063On the latest episode of the NTTB Podcast, we discuss our best Thunder memories, how the Andre Roberson recovery timeline could affect the team, and we preview the Southeast Division.

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on Andre Roberson’s admission that he likely won’t be ready until December: “Roberson told KABB that, “Knowing the history of this injury, not many people come back from it the same way,” but noted that “in today’s day and era, in terms of technology, medicine and stuff like that, it’s totally different.” He credited the Thunder’s medical staff with helping him work his way back.”

The NewsOK basketball writers pick their best teams in Oklahoma City Thunder history: “2012-13: A lethal team that, in theory, could only be derailed by Beverley running into Russell Westbrook’s knee. Set a franchise record for regular-season wins aftertrading Harden. Outscored opponents by a staggering 11 points per 100 possessions. Still holds team single-season records in field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage, free-throw percentage and blocks.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) says the 2012-13 team may be the best one: “Regular-season success doesn’t guarantee a run to the NBA Finals. Of those aforementioned teams, five didn’t make the NBA Finals in that season (San Antonio 2015-16, Oklahoma City 2012-13, Chicago 2011-12, Cleveland 2008-09, San Antonio 2000-01). None of those teams except the Thunder, however, dealt with a season-ending injury to a core player (Russell Westbrook) in the middle of the playoffs.”

Cody Taylor (OKC Thunder Wire) on the Thunder signing of Donte Grantham: “In addition, Grantham shot a career-high 56 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from three-point range. He established himself as a versatile player that can defend positions one-through-four and can handle the ball well.”

Andrew Hussey (Indy Star) on Jim O’Brien having a big influence on Paul George’s game: “I was never a defensive player, I was never a defender,” George said. “And that kind of built me up to be who I am as a player wanting to play and wanting to play two sides. My rookie year, I had a (expletive) coach. I’m just (going) to be 100. He was hard on me, he was tough for whatever reason.”

Not Thunder related, but very eye opening. Gene Wojciechowski (ESPN) chronicles Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol going out with rescue boats into the Mediterranean Sea: “One of the swimmers takes the boy and rushes him to the Open Arms speedboat. But as soon as they lift the boy from the water, his legs and arms as limp as the branches of a willow tree, they know he is gone. The worker lays him gently on the floor of the rubber craft, soon to be joined by the body of the other woman. The crew will keep the bodies secure and protected from the elements until they reach port.”

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