Comparing the 2005-06 Hornets roster to the 2008-09 Thunder’s:
Hornets player* vs.
Thunder player. Advantage
Chris Paul vs. Earl Watson.
Paul entered the league as one of the best point guards.
J.R. Smith vs. Kevin Durant. Advantage: Thunder
Critics of both point to sub par shot selection and defense, but Durant is the better talent.
Desmond Mason vs.
Mason, remember, was coming off a career year at 17.2 points per game in Milwaukee.
David West vs. Chris Wilcox. Advantage: Thunder
West was an unknown who averaged 6.2 points before arriving in Oklahoma City.
P.J. Brown vs. Nick Collison. Advantage: Thunder
Many similarities here, but Collison gets the edge over the then 36-year old Brown.
Speedy Claxton vs. Russell Westbrook.
Claxton turned a near Sixth Man Award winning season into a fat contract.