NBA.com’s John Schuhmann uncovered a surprising stat on Wednesday afternoon, revealing a potential flaw in the Thunder’s defense.
According to the new SportVu data, OKC ranks dead last in the NBA at contesting opposing jumpshots.
A contested jumper, according to NBA.com, is defined by a shot taken at least 10 feet away from the hoop in which a defender is within at least four feet of the shooter.
Entering Wednesday, OKC only contested 23.8 percent of such shots. The league average is 30.9.
“We’ve been one of the better defensive teams the last three years,” Scott Brooks said, brushing off the number a bit. “… I do focus exclusively on defensive field goal percentage and last I checked a couple games ago, we were second in the league.”
Entering Wednesday, the Thunder was tied for second in the league in that category, allowing only 43 percent shooting. And in many other defensive metrics, the Thunder ranks near the top.
FISHER ON WESTBROOK’S RETURN
During his farewell tour around the NBA, Derek Fisher continues to share personal experiences on his personal website.
Recently, Fisher posted an update with his thoughts on Russell Westbrook’s return, writing that “we have our heartbeat again.”