The sixth-worst 3-point shooting team from a year ago is now stacked with sharpshooters.
We're about to find out whether it makes a difference for the Thunder.
But the offseason additions of Morris Peterson and Daequan Cook are expected to provide a shot in the arm to a team that struggled to make shots from beyond the arc last season.
"If you look at the team last year during the playoffs, that's one thing they didn't have playing against the Lakers and they almost beat them," said Peterson, a career 37.4 percent 3-point shooter who came over in the draft-night trade that brought center Cole Aldrich from New Orleans.
In its six-game first-round series against the Lakers, Oklahoma City shot just 29.7 percent from 3-point range. Russell Westbrook, a career 24.9 percent shooter from the 3-point line, led the Thunder with a 41.7-percent clip.
James Harden was the only other player with a percentage higher than 29 percent.
That's why the additions of Cook and Peterson are being billed as small but potentially significant acquisitions. Cook, a career 35.8 percent 3-point shooter, won the 2009 3-point shoot-out at All-Star Weekend. With Cook and Peterson joining a more experienced Harden and Kevin Durant, the Thunder, if nothing else, has more options.
"I have the confidence that we can get the job done," Peterson said.
"I think adding the shooters to the ones we already have will make an impact."
With added weapons, coach Scott Brooks said the 3-point shot will be a bigger part of the game plan this season. But it will be up to the players to make the coach look good.
Cook showed off his sharpshooting in the preseason, hitting 3s in practice and exhibition games.
When the games start, Cook said, defenses will have to make costly decisions.
"It's going to increase a lot more shots on the perimeter, a lot more shots for us to make on the perimeter," Cook said. "It's going to open up the game a lot more for KD and the guys like James who like to drive to the basket. They're not going to always be able to double knowing you've got shooters like me or Mo out there."