Nick Collison→Grade: B+. →Comment: Collison finally put it all together in December after nagging injuries sabotaged his early season performances. He averaged 7.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15 games, but as usual for Collison, the numbers don’t tell the entire story of how effective he was.
Kevin Durant→Grade: A- →Comment: December 2009 will be remembered as the month Durant fully blossomed into an elite scorer. Durant averaged 29.7 points in 15 games, shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from 3. But his 4.1 turnovers in the month can’t go overlooked.
Jeff Green→Grade: B+ →Comment: By increasing his consistency in December, Green played a huge role in the Thunder’s 9-6 record. Aside from a handful of poor shooting nights, Green has been steady across the board.
James Harden→Grade: A. →Comment: The rookie assembled his best month yet, with a 10.5-point average and a 4.1-rebound average. But December is when Harden established himself as a quality playmaker at the off guard position.
Serge Ibaka→Grade: B+ →Comment: A near dominant five-game stretch in mid-December was enough to make the month wildly successful. But Ibaka’s inconsistency at home vs. his production on the road was glaring. So, too, was his 2-for-8 free-throw shooting.
Nenad Krstic→Grade: A-. →Comment: Just when it looked like Krstic was damaged goods, he came alive in December. Krstic increased his points, rebounds, assists, blocks, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage while recording his first double-double this season in December.
Eric Maynor→Grade: A. →Comment: Maynor has been as good as advertised as a young savvy and steady point guard. The Thunder is 5-0 since acquiring him from Utah, and Maynor has averaged only 4.8 points but has recorded 16 assists and only two turnovers.
Thabo Sefolosha→Grade: B-. →Comment: Sefolosha’s minutes took a hit in light of Harden’s increased productivity, and there were fewer big-name players for Sefolosha to lock up in December. As a result, Sefolosha’s numbers decreased, but he remained effective when given the opportunities.
Russell Westbrook→Grade: A+. →Comment: Westbrook averaged 7.5 assists against 2.5 turnovers, proving he can effectively run a team. His controlled play and improved decision-making came at the expense of his offense, as his shooting slipped to 35.7 percent from the field and 20.6 percent from 3. But over his last nine games in December, Westbrook tallied 73 assists and just 18 turnovers.
Incomplete→Matt Harpring, Byron Mullens, Kevin Ollie, Etan Thomas, Kyle Weaver, D.J. White.