Turnovers: D. Despite averaging nearly six fewer minutes than he did a year ago, Perkins averaged more turnovers. He finished with 1.5 turnovers per game in only 19.5 minutes a night. His 2.7 turnovers per 36 minutes marked his most in a Thunder uniform and tied him for third most among centers that appeared in at least 50 games. For a player who handles the ball as little as Perkins does, that rate is way too high. But he gave away possessions by making bad passes, suffering from drops, traveling violations and illegal screens. Much of that can be cleaned up.
Professionalism: A. Say what you will about Perkins. But one thing you can’t call him is a cancer. He couldn’t have handled Steven Adams’ arrival and his subsequent minutes crunch any better. Not once did the outspoken center publicly complain about his shrinking role. Even when he was benched in the second half at Miami, he put out a positive message in support of the team. It might not sound like much, but one over-inflated ego can ruin an NBA locker room. Perk did a great job not letting his ego compromise the team’s success.