Darnell Mayberry: Expect Thunder's Serge Ibaka to average double-double next season

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 11, 2011

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ybe that doesn't matter at the end of the day. But one other thing to consider is KD has to be exhausted already. He's had camps in Chicago, OKC and Austin, He's in China right now doing a Nike tour. And he worked out for a week or so in L.A. prior to all of that. Dude needs a break.

On whether Russell Westbrook could average 10 assists next season with James Harden starting at shooting guard:

No. The total is more likely to go down, actually. And perhaps it should. Harden is a better playmaker. If he does indeed start next season, he should have the ball in his hands a good amount to make things easy and cut out some of that foolish one-on-one stuff. Russ averaged 8.2 assists last year. With a full year of leeway and a green light to attack, I see that number going down. Besides, only three players averaged 10-plus assists last year: Nash, Rondo and D-Will. CP came 0.2 assists shy. That's a hard thing to do.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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