So that leaves Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones and Andre Roberson on the outside looking in. The postseason marathon is all about matchups and in unique cases –Miami, for example – youth, length and speed would seem to be of greater need. So Lamb and Jones could find some time there.
But in the games and moments that define NBA seasons, rotations historically tend to tighten up. The cornerstone guys play nearly full games. The veterans are trusted more. The fringe guys get relegated to a greater degree.
This season, the Thunder has shown more roster versatility than ever. Brooks has never had more proven bench options.
But barring some unforeseen circumstances, the youngsters look buried in a playoff numbers game.