How selected Thunder players have fared with and without Russell Westbrook in the lineup:
Analysis: Durant is shooting much more without Westbrook — 3 1/2 more shots per game, almost two foul shots more per game, almost two 3-point attempts more per game. Durant's turnovers are up 0.7 per game without Westbrook. But remarkably, Durant's assists are up 0.6. So clearly, Westbrook's absence has meant Durant has the ball in his hands much more than before (and he's responded, with 5.4 additional points per game). Durant's usages (number of possessions ended by shot, foul shot or turnover) have gone up from basically 26 to 33. Those usages will go down when Westbrook returns. But Durant should be able to rest a little more. He has scant time to catch his breath on offense or defense when Westbrook isn't available.
Analysis: Remember in the Memphis playoff series last May, when Ibaka struggled mightily without Westbrook? That hasn't happened now. Ibaka has been even more productive without Westbrook. His shooting percentage has risen from an already-lofty 53.8 percent, and his scoring is up 1.5 points a game. That's with a usage rate that has barely risen, from 14.5 possessions a game to 15.0.
Analysis: Without Westbrook, Jackson's minutes have gone way up. But his efficiency has gone down. Sans Westbrook, Jackson is shooting worse from the field and from 3-point range. His scoring has gone up 1.6 points a game, but he's using almost four additional possessions per game without Westbrook. At times, the weight of running the offense seems to have worn on him. Strange as it sounds, Jackson might benefit most from Westbrook's return.
Analysis: Lamb's efficiency also has gone down without Westbrook. Lamb is getting more opportunities — 11.3 usages per game, compared to 8.6 with Westbrook — but is scoring only 1.3 more points a game. But Lamb is a virtual rookie; he's been solid and a pleasant surprise, both with and without Westbrook.
Analysis: Sefolosha has been an underrated component in the Thunder's surge without Westbrook. Perhaps Sefolosha was just in a bad slump earlier in the season, but without Westbrook, Sefolosha has scored 1.9 more points per game, with only 1.3 more usages. Much of that can be attributed to a 3-point percentage that has risen to an acceptable 35.2 without Westbrook. Sefolosha made just 30 percent of his 3-pointers with Westbrook.
Analysis: Collison is that rare Thunder player whose minutes have gone down without Westbrook. But Nick the Consistent plays the same no matter what.
Analysis: Perkins' playing time has risen in Westbrook's absence, mainly because he's playing much better. His rebounding is up 2.5 per game (was Russ grabbing rebounds away from Perk?) and his defense has been excellent. Without Westbrook, the Thunder is more susceptible to the pick'n roll, requiring more minutes from Perkins.
Analysis: Fisher is playing a little more in Westbrook's absence, 1.7 additional minutes per game. But Fisher's involvement is way up. He's gone from 3.5 usages a game to 6.6. His points are up 3.7 per game, to 6.6. Only Durant has had a bigger jump, but KD plays more than twice as much as does Fisher. His shooting percentage has improved dramatically, his assists have been more than doubled. Turns out, Fisher's leadership comes through in more than just locker room presence and sideline talks.
Analysis: Jones' playing time has doubled without Westbrook. His production has not. But Jones did show he can help out and play some defense, if needed. Jones' playing time figures to drop back when Westbrook returns, because Scotty Brooks isn't likely to go with an 11-man rotation.
Analysis: Adams' playing time has decreased. Is that because he's hit the rookie wall, or has Westbrook's absence impacted Adams? The noticeable need for Perkins' defense rather than Adams' might make us rethink how valuable is Westbrook's defense.