What one thing would you like to see Ibaka do more or better next season?
Mayberry: A back-to-the-basket game still seems like it’s asking too much. And that might never be Ibaka’s game. So I’ll say do more off the dribble. We’ve seen flashes of a show-and-go move from Ibaka. But outside of a two-dribble drive while cupping the basketball, Ibaka has yet to prove he can consistently generate his own scoring opportunities. It’s not the worst thing given the other weapons on this team. But it would only benefit Ibaka and the Thunder, especially in halfcourt sets, for him to have a go-to move and perhaps a counter to that.
Slater: Any semblance of a post game would be nice. The past couple seasons, there were a few times when opposing teams were able to downsize and throw a much smaller guy on Ibaka. James Harden guarded him for brief stretches. Paul Pierce guarded him for most of a game. He’ll never be a ‘dump it down on the block 10 times a game’ guy. And the Thunder don’t need him to be. But Ibaka’s gotta be able to take more advantage of those mismatches just to dissuade teams from using them.
Tramel: Well, his back-to-the-basket moves have been an eternal concern, so who knows if that eve will develop. But I love Ibaka’s new-found drives. Putting the ball on the floor and going to the basket really made Ibaka a more potent offensive weapon, so I’d love to see more of that.