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Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder

by on Oct.13, 2011, under Team analysis

Serge Ibaka

Make no mistake: Ibaka will be a beast next season. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Depth chart:
PG: Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor, Reggie Jackson, Nate Robinson
SG: James Harden, Thabo Sefolosha, Robert Vaden, Royal Ivey
SF: Kevin Durant, Daequan Cook**
PF: Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison
C: Kendrick Perkins, Nazr Mohammed, Cole Aldrich, Byron Mullens

** restricted free agent

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:
- Kevin Durant, SF (Rd. 1): 48% FG, 90% FT, 2 Threes, 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1.3 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO
- Russell Westbrook, PG (Rd. 2): 43% FG, 85% FT, 0.5 Threes, 21 Pts, 4.7 Reb, 8.5 Ast, 2 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 3.5 TO
- Serge Ibaka, PF/C (Rd. 3): 55% FG, 75% FT, 12 Pts, 8.5 Reb, 0.5 Stl, 3 Blk, 1 TO
- James Harden, SG (Rd. 5): 45% FG, 85% FT, 1.7 Threes, 14.5 Pts, 3 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.3 TO

Sleeper:
Perkins

Most likely to surprise:
Harden

Most likely to disappoint:
Westbrook

Category specialists:
- Threes: Durant, Harden, Cook
- Steals: Westbrook
- Blocks: Ibaka

Things to consider:
- if Harden actually takes the starting SG job and how his emergence affects dynamics
- if Westbrook adjusts his game in response to criticism (unlikely)
- if Perkins’ efforts to lose weight and get more mobile in the offseason pay off

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:
- Pts: 5th
- FGM: T-13th
- FGA: T-17th
- FG%: 10th
- FT%: 1st
- 3PTM: T-18th
- Reb: T-7th
- Ast: T-23rd
- TO: T-15th
- Stl: T-5th
- Blk: T-2nd
- Pace: 13th
- Offensive Efficiency: 4th
- Defensive Efficiency: 13th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2011-12: B+

Bonus:
Russell Westbrook looks tipsy

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