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OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins' season was worst of career

By almost every measure, Perkins disappointed and nobody seems to have an answer as to why.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 27, 2013

Only time will tell whether the trend of diminishing minutes is a sign of things to come or something that will drive Perkins to play better.

“When we had everybody whole, he was a big part of what we do,” Brooks said. “Going forward, I expect that to be the same.”

Perkins said he wants to rebound better and block more shots next season. He averaged just six rebounds this year. His 8.6 rebounds per 36 minutes were 0.1 shy of tying his career low.

“As far as rebounding, I can do a better job on that,” Perkins said. “As far as blocking shots, I definitely cannot just put it all on Serge (Ibaka). I can do a better job and get back to that two-block-a-game type range.”

Because the Thunder had the second most efficient offense in the regular season, Perkins' flaws on that end were overlooked, if not ignored.

Yet just three years ago, back in Boston, Perkins proved he can finish with the best of them. He averaged 10.1 points on 60.2 percent shooting.

“On this team, that's not my role,” Perkins said of scoring. “I don't know if averaging 10 points on this team is what I need to do.”

The total is irrelevant. Consistency is what matters. Quality must trump quantity.

Perkins averaged 4.2 points, his lowest amount since his second season, but shot a career-low 45.7 percent. He connected on just 49.7 percent of his shots from within five feet.

Those issues have forced the Thunder to lean more on Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for low-post scoring.

Some big men would see it as a slight.

Perk is at peace with it.

“I'm cool with that. I'm cool with who I am,” Perkins said. “I been in the league for 10 years. Doc Rivers told me about seven years ago, he called me into his office and said ‘Just be who you are. You could be in the NBA for a long time just being who you are.' So at the end of the day I just do what I do, and I take pride in what I do. It is what it is.”

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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Kendrick Perkins' 2012-13 season by the numbers

-0.6: Player Efficiency Rating in the postseason. The first time in playoff history that a player who logged at least 200 minutes finished with a negative rating.

2.2: Postseason scoring average.

3.7: Postseason rebounding average.

4.2: Regular season scoring average.

6.0: Regular season rebounding average.

8.2: Player Efficiency Rating in the regular season. The league average is 15.

12: Technical fouls, one less than he had the previous year.

15: Season-high rebounds, set March 20 at Memphis.

17: Season-high points, set against Phoenix on Feb. 8.

25.1: Minutes per game, the fewest he's averaged since joining the Thunder.

.457: Field goal percentage, a career low.


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