Back in November, we took a look at the NBA's new SportVu cameras and what kind of data they were spewing out about the Thunder.
But that was six games into the season. Now we're more than halfway done — 51 games in — with a far bigger sample size from these innovative trackers.
Let's take a look at five interesting Thunder-related stats and trends that have developed:
Stat: Opponents shoot only 39.4 percent at the rim against Kendrick Perkins and 44.4 percent against Serge Ibaka.
Explanation: Both are top-notch interior defenders, and both do it in different yet effective ways. Perkins' defensive game is all about position and physicality. He tries to push you as far away from the hoop as possible, but even if you get toward the rim, he has shown an ability to knock people off-balance and contest shots well. Of the defenders who see at least 3.5 shots per game at the rim, Perkins' 39.4 percent opponent conversion rate is the fourth lowest.
Ibaka, meanwhile, is a high-flying weakside menace. And he isn't afraid to challenge any shot. He faces 9.4 shots per game at the rim, eighth most in the league. And of those who see at least eight shots per game at the rim, his 44.4 percent opponent conversion rate is fourth, behind only Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez and Roy Hibbert.
Stat: Kevin Durant has traveled 124.9 miles on the court this season, fourth most in the NBA
Explanation: More than anything, this number speaks to his consistent defensive effort and expanding all-around game. With such a scoring burden, he's always traveled plenty on the offensive end. But now, more and more, he's taking the challenge of guarding premier scorers on the other team. And within that, he's shown an ability to chase them around the court, running through screens and contesting shots. The three ahead of Durant on this list: Nicholas Batum (128.6) Klay Thompson (127.6) and Monta Ellis (127.2).
Stat: The Thunder has none of the NBA's top-100 catch and shoot 3-point shooters
Explanation: Typically, the catch-and-shoot three is the easiest to make. It's off a pass, without taking a dribble and usually wide open. And it's something the Thunder struggle with mightily. Of all the players in the NBA who take at least one every two games, the Thunder don't have a player in the top-100. Durant and Jeremy Lamb (at 38 percent) are the highest ranked, tied at 134th. This could be a potential problem come playoff time, when floor spacing gains more importance. OKC desperately needs Thabo Sefolosha to improve in this area. At 32.1 percent, he's among the worst 3-point catch-and-shooters among those who take at least two per game.
Stat: Reggie Jackson scores 8.4 points per 48 minutes on drives, ninth most in the league
Explanation: Despite coming off the bench for half the season, Reggie Jackson is one of the NBA's most prolific rim attackers. And he does it pretty efficiently. Of the players who have at least 300 drives this year — defined as a touch that starts 20 feet from the hoop and is dribbled within 10, excluding fast breaks — Jackson's 48 percent conversion rate is the 12th highest (LeBron James, at 63.6 percent is far and away the best). Jackson's determination to get to the basket and craftiness once he is there is probably his best skill.
Stat: Durant hauls in 74.2 percent of rebounds within his vicinity
Explanation: Among rotation players (at least 15 games played, at least 10 minutes per game), this is the highest percentage in the NBA. LeBron James, at 72.7 percent, and Carmelo Anthony, at 71.3 percent, aren't far behind. And those are two guys who have long been lauded for their ability to rebound from the small forward position. Durant has reached that level. And with his improvement, along with a couple others, the Thunder has become one of the best rebounding teams in the league (45.8 per game, fourth in the NBA).