Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder

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