Perkins is not as talented as some of those players. He doesn't run as fast or jump as high as others. And teams throughout NBA history have ponied up more for offense than defense, with halfway functional big men perhaps being the biggest beneficiaries of that philosophy.
But the question you must ask is what will the contracts for Chandler and Nene and Gasol and others look like in just two seasons? That's when the NBA's more punitive luxury tax kicks in and the dollar-for-dollar tax skyrockets more and more as payrolls mount.
That's the nightmare the Thunder avoided with the shrewd move it made last spring.