What can Perkins do, if anything, next year to quiet some of his critics?
Mayberry: Aside from averaging a double-double, leading the league in blocked shots, making the All-Star team and winning Defensive Player of the Year? Perk can start by limiting his mistakes. As much as anything else, it’s the unforced errors and mental mistakes that really hurt Perkins’ rep. Those obvious blunders that stand out to even the most casual fans provided even more reasons to be critical when the box scores already make Perkins’ playing time look pointless. But clean up the mistakes and Perk can reduce at least some of the vitriol coming from those who don’t study or don’t care for the small things that he brings.
Slater: Oh, nothing really. At this point, Perk is what he is. He’s not going to stretch out his shooting range or regain some of the athleticism from his Boston days. He’s going to play solid post defense and provide a strong, needed locker room presence. Some of his best basketball since joining OKC came in the first two rounds. But criticism remained because, even when Perk’s effective, it ain’t pretty.
Tramel: Cure cancer, balance the federal budget and broker an Israeli/Arab peace accord. Do all that, then sink the winning basket in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and some fans would come around.