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Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Evaluating Thabo Sefolosha's season

The Oklahoman's staff writers discuss three questions about Thabo Sefolosha's season.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 26, 2013

Should Thabo Sefolosha remain a starter next season, or should he be replaced?

Darnell Mayberry: Yes. Thabo should remain the starter. He's still one of the best perimeter defenders in basketball, and now that he's knocking down 3-pointers he's got even more value in the first five.

John Rohde: The guy is coming off a career year. Why on earth bench him? He's never been more deserving to be a starter. Sefolosha is stuck with the misnomer “shooting” guard, though he is getting closer.

Berry Tramel: Thabo should remain a starter. The Thunder has excelled since the day Sefolosha entered the lineup after the trade with Chicago 4 1/2 years ago. The Thunder has plenty of offense in its starting lineup; Thabo gives OKC a defensive stopper from the start, when he's able to match up with the opponent's best perimeter player.

Should Sefolosha defend the opposing point guard more frequently because of his size and length?

Mayberry: If the situation calls for it, sure. It's not something the coaching staff should start off games doing and rely solely on, mostly because Russell Westbrook's actually great at it when he wants to be. But on those nights when Westbrook clearly doesn't have it, Brooks needs to have a shorter leash and get Thabo out front faster.

Rohde: Absolutely. Not all the time, but most of the time. This would make better use of Westbrook, who is a more effective wing defender because he can shut down one side of the court with his quickness rather than being stuck in the middle fighting through screens.

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