But thanks in large part to Martin's renowned efficiency, as well as Collison's emergence as a scorer and passer, the Thunder's bench is quietly more efficient than ever. Last year, the bench shot 45.5 percent. This year, in fewer minutes and shot attempts, OKC's bench is shooting 46.5 percent.
“We've kind of changed the way we do things,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks of the bench. “We have a different group of players, but (Collison) has stepped up a lot with his part of the offense and helped us transition.”
Collison said both at the end of last year and the start of this year that he wanted to look for his shot more this season. His 3.7 attempts per game aren't much, but it's the most he's averaged since the 2009-10 season. He's also connecting on a career-high 61.2 percent of those attempts, making the most of the opportunities he does get.
“I think a lot of my opportunities come and go a little bit just based on the way the game goes,” Collison said. “But what I don't want to do is get to the point where I'm passing up good shots because I think that's bad for our team. When you pass up a good shot sometimes you don't ever get a better one. I want to be able to be (a threat) where teams have to guard me so I can play with Kevin (Durant) and Russell (Westbrook) and those guys late in games. I want to be able to be out there and be a threat.”
Brooks was asked if Collison is playing his best ball of the season.
“It's hard to say because he's so consistent,” Brooks said. “He's always so consistent that I don't know if it's his best ball but he's playing good basketball.”