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OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks will grow with his team

Young Thunder team complemented by a young coach — and all expect to get better with time.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: August 5, 2012

The Thunder's .712 winning percentage was good for fourth highest in franchise history and was the best clip since the 1997-98 Sonics. Brooks also displayed growth with Xs and Os, becoming a better play-caller in late-game situations, out of timeouts and on out-of-bound plays. The half-court offense began to produce productive sets as well, as Brooks got better at putting more players — namely James Harden — in better positions to succeed.

“You have to get better,” Brooks said. “You can't stay in this position and not keep improving … and our players are the same way. We have to all get better, and we've done that together for the last four years.”

The offense, while highly efficient last year, still was prone to periods of chaos, and a more structured system could alleviate some of the scoring issues we witnessed too often last season. But it'll be up to Brooks to find the right balance so that one of the league's most dynamic offensive teams doesn't get strangled by a suffocating system. Brooks' substitution patterns also remained questionable in 2011-12, and how flexible he is with his rotation could again be a determining factor in how far the team makes it next year.

But, all in all, Brooks has grown nicely alongside his talented young core. It's been a strong recipe for success to this point, and with continued improvement the Thunder's future looks awfully bright.

Who can wait to see what happens next?

“I have a great opportunity ahead of me,” Brooks said, “and I'm not going to just rest because we had some success this past season.”

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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