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.