Thunder month in review: Player grades

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: March 2, 2010 at 12:00 am •  Published: March 2, 2010
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Nick Collison

Grade: A+.

Comment: You could make a case that no Thunder player has been more consistent over the past three months than Collison, who again played his role to perfection in February. Collison’s rebounds, screens and ability to draw charges have become key to the Thunder’s success.

Kevin Durant

Grade: A+

Comment: His streak of 29 games of at least 25 points ended in February, but his production never tailed off. Durant scored at least 30 points six times in February, recorded four double-doubles and hit two big shots at New York to extend the team’s winning streak to eight games.

Jeff Green

Grade: A+.

Comment: He tweaked his shooting mechanics and, for the first time this season, he scored in double digits in every game for a month. Green’s shooting percentage from the field also rose from 43 percent in January to 48 percent, and his 3-point percent jumped from 27.5 percent to 42.9 percent.

James Harden

Grade: B.

Comment: After shooting a season-best 42.9 percent from behind the 3-point line in January, Harden made just 33.3 percent of his 3s in February and, as a result, saw massive fluctuation in his scoring. Harden also struggled with turnovers, giving it away a season-high 1.8 times per night. We’ve come to expect better out of the rookie.

Serge Ibaka

Grade: A.

Comment: Only 10 players who played at least 10 February games averaged more blocks as Ibaka’s 1.9 in the month. Two of them finished with 1.91 and two averaged 1.92. It’s the biggest sign of how fast the rookie big man is developing. Ibaka activeness around the basket also led to a season-best 6.7 points.

Nenad Krstic



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