There's also the issue of chemistry. The Thunder has a squad now that's filled with players who know and accept their roles. There is no guarantee that any player worthy of trading for will do the same once he gets in. Additionally, the Thunder has just 24 games remaining following the deadline, which leaves little time to integrate new pieces, especially with so little practice time in this compacted schedule.
It's more likely, therefore, that any improvements will be made organically. Don't be surprised if the backup point guard spot continues to be manned by Jackson. The Thunder drafted him 24th overall and maintains belief in him and his ability to get better in the final 25 games. Defensive rebounding, meanwhile, will just have to be more of a focus from here out, as well as the team's turnover problem.
But let's not forget, this isn't the time to be playing your best ball. It's always better to enter into the playoffs with a head of steam and a chance to peak at that point. These final 25 regular season games will be used to shore up issues to give the Thunder a shot at doing just that.
Besides, there is not a perfect team in basketball. Every team has some type of flaw.
The Thunder's can be brutal to bear at times. But, by comparison, Oklahoma City is in a terrific place and it wouldn't seem prudent for the Thunder to deviate from the direction it is headed in now.
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