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Grading the Thunder players midway through the season

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: January 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm •  Published: January 18, 2011
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SERGE IBAKA

Stats: 9.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.12 bpg, 26.3 mpg.

Grade: A-.

Bottom line: An improved offensive game is what has stood out most. Ibaka drains jumpers with consistency and is developing some go-to moves in the post.

ROYAL IVEY

Stats: 2.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.4 apg, 7.5 mpg.

Grade: A+

Bottom line: The next thing he does wrong will be the first thing. Ivey's been perfect in his emergency/leadership role thus far.

NENAD KRSTIC

Stats: 7.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.4 bpg, 0.4 apg, 22.5 mpg.

Grade: B.

Bottom line: Krstic's scoring is down because he has lost a few minutes and some shot attempts. But defensively, Krstic has been steady.

ERIC MAYNOR

Stats: 4.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 14.3 mpg.

Grade: B+.

Bottom line: Maynor sharpened his 3-point stroke to complement his set-up skills. But we still haven't seen him take a big jump because of the guy he's forced to play behind.

BYRON MULLENS

Stats: 1.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.25 bpg, 4.7 mpg.

Grade: Incomplete.

Bottom line: With the exception of a game here and there, most of Mullens' playing time this season has been in garbage time.

MO PETERSON

Stats: 1.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.3 apg, 5.8 mpg.

Grade: Incomplete.

Bottom line: Peterson has never been given a chance. His four games played are the fewest of any Thunder player. But with the Thunder shooting 32.4 percent from 3, you can't help but to think it couldn't hurt to throw Peterson a sniff.

THABO SEFOLOSHA

Stats: 5.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.49 spg, 28.9 mpg.

Grade: B-.

Bottom line: Sefolosha's rebounding has improved. But his perimeter defense hasn't been as stout as last season. And while he's attack the basket better than he ever has, which has led to a career-high 46 percent from the field, Sefolosha's perimeter shot remains suspect.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK

Stats: 22.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 8.4 apg, 1.9 spg, 3.71 tpg, 36.1 mpg.

Grade: A.

Bottom line: Without question, Westbrook has been the team's best player to this point. He's become more efficient and has boosted his scoring, assists, rebounds and steals, all while playing with more control and consistency.

D.J. WHITE

Stats: 2.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.4 apg, 9.9 mpg.

Grade: B+.

Bottom line: With early injuries, White finally got a chance on the court. And he delivered a pleasant surprise when he showed that his defense is catching up to his offense. Steady minutes will be hard to come by, however, in the second half.