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Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Evaluating Thabo Sefolosha's season

The Oklahoman's staff writers discuss three questions about Thabo Sefolosha's season.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 26, 2013
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/articleid/3834692/1/pictures/2108359">Photo - NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha (2) dunks the ball during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 22, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha (2) dunks the ball during Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 22, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Tramel: I love that idea, although coach Scotty Brooks made a great point late in the year. With a Westbrook/Sefolosha tandem, the Thunder can switch on screens and feel good about either matchup. But the premise is good. Thabo can really bother point guards. I'd say put Thabo on whoever is the best perimeter player. That's usually the point guard.

At $3.9 million next season, is Sefolosha a bargain, or is he priced about right?

Mayberry: Tony Allen made $300,000 less than Thabo this season. That might say more about the sweetheart deal Memphis got, but based solely on that I can't sit up here and say Thabo is a bargain. So I'll go with about right.

Rohde: The price is about right, which actually makes Sefolosha a bargain. After all, how frequently can you say a player is properly priced after seven seasons when he's on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent? A player usually has been overpaid by that point, often for several years.

Tramel: He's priced about right. Not many NBA teams pay for defense, Especially perimeter defense. So Thabo is actually more valuable on a team like the Thunder than he would be on a mediocre team. Sort of the opposite of James Harden, who could command a max salary from a team seeking to build but wouldn't get it from a team that's already elite.


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