The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry took questions from readers in today's OKC Thunder Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the complete recap here.
With James Harden’s contract situation going on, what happens to Maynor? And do you feel that one will sign, or both, or neither?
If Harden signs, Maynor is gone. If Harden doesn't sign, Maynor has a great shot at staying. But even then it depends on his price tag. The Thunder isn't going to overpay for Maynor when Reggie Jackson is waiting in the wings.
A lot has been made at how much Reggie Jackson has grown in terms of his game this summer...is it hype that he's challenging Maynor for backup PG minutes or is he legitimately challenging one of the best backup PGs in the league?
Maynor is indeed one of the best backup PGs in the league, and he has skills nobody else on the team has. But Jackson also does things that Maynor can't do. So it's not out of the question to think he can challenge Maynor. From what I've seen Jackson is much more confident and comfortable in his second year. All year last season it was clear that was his biggest problem. He never settled down and just played his game. If he can do that this year I think he's ready to show why the Thunder was so high on him.
Who gets more playing time this season: Reggie, Perry, or Thabeet?
That's a great question. A really great question. They all could be third string players. But if they all perform well they could each fight to crack the rotation, at least sparingly. It's obviously between Reggie and Perry. I'd give the edge to Perry just because of how loaded the team is in the backcourt.
Harden's value is set -- he is a max player because he will get that in free agency. So isn't this season about the big men? If anyone other than Perk can guard Dwight Howard, Perk is probably amnestied and Harden signed, right?
I don't think there's any chance they amnesty Perk. None. He has his flaws, sure. But what will this team look like without Perk in the middle? Scary, right? I know. In my opinion, the Thunder thinks Perk is more valuable to this team's long term future than Harden given the money. It might sounds crazy, but it's really not.
There's been some images of alternate jerseys available on NBA 2K13. Do they bear any resemblance to the Thunder's planned alternate this year? What game will the alternate jerseys be unveiled?
Nah. They're keeping it pretty quiet. All I know is it's not black.Something tells me they'll be out in time for you to make somebody's day on Christmas morning.
What offensive system changes is the Thunder planning for this year (with training camp giving them time to do so, unlike last season)?
There's been a ton of talk about playing Durant and Westbrook in the post more. That alone should open up a lot of options. Brooks also has talked about getting Ibaka more involved, and Collison says he wants to be more aggressive with his shot. Now, all of those things are goals rather than plans. It remains to be seen how the Thunder will actually implement those things.