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Oklahoma City Thunder report card: Breaking down Kendrick Perkins' season

by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 27, 2013

Low-post defense: B. Our last impression of Perkins was tainted by Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph having their way from both inside and outside. But their performances belied the fact that the Thunder was better with Perk on the court. Though he wasn't always effective, Perkins provided solid interior defense for much of the season. He held opponents to 53.3 percent from within five feet. From that same distance, Memphis center Marc Gasol, the Defensive Player of the Year, allowed 57.2 percent. On all attempts within 10 feet, Perk held opponents to 49.2 percent. Gasol: 51.6 percent.

Rebounding: C. Perk's rebounding numbers fell for the third straight season. His six boards per game were his fewest since the 2006-07 season, and his effectiveness only got worse as the season wore on. In the playoffs, Perk grabbed just 3.7 rebounds on average, or seven per 36 minutes. There were excusable instances when Perk busied himself boxing out and preventing his man from grabbing rebounds. But there were others when Perk stood flat-footed while his man and others out-hustled and outworked him on the glass.

Ball-security: B. This may shock you. But Perk's turnovers weren't nearly as bad as they seemed. Statistically, it was Perk's best season taking care of the ball. He averaged just 1.4 turnovers, which was his lowest rate since his second season, and only two turnovers per 36 minutes, a career-low. Perk's problems were in the playoffs, where he averaged 3.9 turnovers per 36 minutes, a career high.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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