Mick, Jordan did get an extension. But he was a second-round pick in the class of 2008. That means he came into the league on a different salary structure than the top 30 picks and was therefore eligible to get a new deal sooner. Derrick Rose and Westbrook so far are the only two first-round picks from 2008 to receive extensions to their rookie scale contracts. But technically, yes, three players from the 2008 class have been signed to contract extensions.
What do you think about assist to turnover ratio for the Thunder as a team? I know the past “great” teams have been good in that subject, but how much does it really have an effect? — Gage
Gage, I think it’s been atrocious this far. Through 16 games, the Thunder has finished with more turnovers than assists six times. Oklahoma City has averaged 18 assists against 16.1 turnovers. Currently, the Thunder ranks 26th in total assists and 21st in total turnovers. Of the past 10 NBA champions, only four ranked outside the top 10 in both of those categories. A look at the best teams this year shows similar success in those departments. Chicago is second in total assists and 20th in total turnovers. Miami is seventh in assists and 28th in turnovers. Denver is first in assists and 29th in turnovers. And Orlando is 19th in assists but fourth in turnovers. What does that tell you? Good passing teams are going to have turnovers. But the Thunder is turning it over an an extremely high rate yet is far from an elite passing team. Something’s got to change.
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