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Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go

by Berry Tramel Published: July 27, 2014

The Thunder has moved the ball better the last couple of years. In 2011-12, OKC assisted on only 49.7 percent of its baskets. That figure has gone up to 56.1 and 56.2 the last two years. But there’s room for improvement; the Spurs assisted on 62.1 percent of their field goals last season.

Gone from the Thunder roster are three rotational players. OKC lost Thabo Sefolosha to the Hawks, Caron Butler to the Pistons and Derek Fisher to the abyss of coaching the Knickerbockers. That’s some defense lost and a little offense lost. Replaced almost exclusively by offense.

Morrow will help the Thunder immediately. Maybe in a big way. The Thunder never has had a shooter like Morrow, whose career 3-point percentage, .428, is second-best among active NBA players. McGary, a 6-foot-10 forward from Michigan who can catch, pass and shoot, isn’t like to play much early but could crash the rotation late in the season. Jerrett is a project who figures to play only in case of injury.

When you add the increased minutes for center Steven Adams, who will more and more take over for Kendrick Perkins, and the decreased minutes for the defensive stopper role vacated by Thabo and filled apparently by Andre Roberson, the Thunder offense should be noticeably improved this coming season. And that’s by design.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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