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Oklahoma City Thunder: Report Card on Serge Ibaka

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 19, 2014

/articleid/4946657/1/pictures/2690617">Photo - Fans celebrate after Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) hits a basket during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Fans celebrate after Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) hits a basket during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Creating: C. Ibaka took another small step this season as a passer, an area he’s struggled with to say the least throughout his career. But he nearly doubled his assist total in 2013-14, good enough to finally average one assist. On the other hand, Ibaka has become more reliant on others creating for him. He was assisted on a career-high 79.8 percent of his field goals, up from 75.6 percent last year and 67.6 in 2011-12. While it’s great that he’s found a niche and blossomed into a reliable mid-range shooter out of the ball screen, Ibaka has plenty of room to grow in putting the ball on the floor and creating for himself. It’ll make him more of a threat and make the Thunder more difficult to defend.

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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