The Thunder had a relatively good season, getting the sixth seed despite facing a lack of confidence from NBA watchers before the season and dealing with injuries throughout the season.
“I think it was a really good season because when we started the season, nobody was really expecting us to even make the playoffs,” Enes Kanter said in his exit interview. “We just show the haters that we could do that. I think we did our job.”
Even though Oklahoma City did prove these “haters” wrong, the team still needs to see much more improvement to gain an NBA Championship while Russell Westbrook’s title window is still open.
Especially since the departure of their former MVP player Kevin Durant, the Thunder has had plenty of holes that it needs to fill.
The biggest issue the team faced was that it gave up its leads when Russell Westbrook went to the bench to rest. The plus-minus ratings with Westbrook on and off the court in the playoffs and throughout the regular season show that the team melted down without Westbrook.
While players in the Thunder’s rotation seem to have high potential, there were some elements of the game in which they severely lacked throughout the season such as with shooting, defense and the ability to create their own shots.
Here we grade and rank the Thunder’s rotation players of the 2016-17 season based on their minutes, stats and impacts on the team.