Grading Thabo Sefolosha's season:
Defense: C. Throughout the early part of the season, it remained solid. But once he returned from a calf injury late in the year, Sefolosha didn’t look the same on the defensive end. He didn’t guard on the perimeter as well and didn’t disrupt offenses with his length and activity. In the Thunder’s final 10 games, Sefolosha only had one steal.
3-point shot: D. D is for its disappearance. One season after a career year behind the arc — making 108 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting — Sefolosha completely lost his stroke. And his confidence went with it. Sefolosha made only 48 threes all season, shooting a woeful 32 percent. From the All-Star break through the postseason, he was 11-of-47 from deep, passing up some open looks and allowing opposing defenses to pack the paint with help for OKC’s superstars.
Professionalism: A-. The late-season benching seemed to irk him a bit, but he never showed it on the sideline. Remained into the game, cheered on his teammates and, when Scott Brooks called on the veteran in mop-up duty, he didn’t treat it as a sign of disrespect. Just went out and played, like he did his entire career in OKC, despite, at times, being the verbal punching bag of Russell Westbrook and others. A true pro.
Fastbreak decisions: D. If Thabo Sefolosha had the ball with an open court in front of him, the end result was never clear. But you always knew who was going to take the shot. The player who had no problem sacrificing and deferring in every other aspect of the game used all his selfishness in those rare scenarios. Kevin Durant on the left, Russell Westbrook on the right, explosive options everywhere? “Nah, I’m good.” With varying success, Thabo was always taking it to the rack.
Thunder legacy: A. If this is it, it didn’t end well. But eras and breakups in sports rarely do. Time passes, roles change, players age. But when you look back on Sefolosha’s time in Oklahoma City, it shouldn’t be taken for granted. He was key in the integration of a defensive identity for this franchise and dutifully played his part as a complimentary piece. Not flashy, but needed.