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Daily Links – June 16, 2011

KUSports.com votes Nick Collison as the Player of the Decade Collison, who averaged 14.8 points and grabbed 8.0 rebounds in 142 career games at KU, received 471 of 1,177 votes (40 percent) during KUSports.com’s two-day voting period.

ESPN the Magazine voted the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 6th best sports franchise. In those areas that they graded on, the Thunder ranked 12th in “Bang For The Buck,” fourth in “Fan Relations,” 23rd in “Ownership,” third in “Affordability,” 62nd in “Stadium Experience,” fourth in “Players,” 27th in “Coaching” and 43rd in “Title Track.”

NBA.com lists it’s top 10 games of the 2010-2011 season The Thunder had two games, #3, Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals vs. Dallas, where OKC blew the big lead late. and Game 4 of the Western Semi-Finals

NBA.com also listed it’s top 10 plays of the 2010-2011 season Thunder had two plays as well. #4 Russell Westbrook spins through the Nuggets in the playoffs. #1 is Kevin Durant posterizing Brendon Haywood in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

SLAM Online releases their mock draft They think we’re going to select Justin Harper from Richmond. SLAM says “Harper will give us more depth at the forward spot, as the kid can spell KD for those few minutes that No. 35 spends on the bench. In addition, Harper can defend both forward positions so he would add depth to the frontcourt of Nick Collison, Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins (Nazr Mohammed is our only expiring contract; we might have to let him walk). Granted, Harper may not be as athletic as many and not possess the rebounding tenacity of a Kenneth Fereid.”

Danny Chau of Hardwood Paroxysm talks Westbrook (midway down the page) He’s only 22 and he’s become a dynamic superstar-level talent while maintaining most of the weaknesses he’s had in college. This is not how most players develop. That Westbrook has improved so much and remains so raw is utterly confounding.

Chris Broussard and Rich Bucher decide who has the shot at becoming a dynasty, Heat or the Thunder “As for OKC, as you know, they may have trouble keeping that team together financially. With big money already committed to Durant and Kendrick Perkins for several years, they’ve got to pay Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka.”

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