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Oklahoma City Thunder: Not excited about Ryan Gomes

by Berry Tramel Published: July 30, 2013

Sorry, I can’t get excited about Ryan Gomes, who apparently is signing with the Thunder.

Mike Miller? Absolutely. Dorrell Wright? OK. Derek Fisher? Fine.

Ryan Gomes? Nope. A 6-foot-7 small forward who is a career 35 percent 3-pointer doesn’t fit the Thunder needs. Gomes always has been a good defender, but does the Thunder need a wing defender who’s not a great offensive threat?

Let’s see. Thabo Sefolosha. DeAndre Liggins. Andre Roberson. I love defense as much as the next guy — OK, I love defense way more than most next guys — but the Thunder doesn’t need four wingmen whose forte is defense.

It’s not that Gomes is a bad player. You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you, but it’s true. Gomes played last season in Germany, and he played just 32 games (and 425 minutes total) with the Clippers the year before. But in the five seasons before that, Gomes made 336 starts, for the Clips and Timberwolves.

So Gomes is, or at least was, a quality NBA player, and now at almost 31 years old, he might still have some value. I just don’t see it with the Thunder.

 


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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