lets face it. OKC got fleeced.
And yet, they are perfectly happy with how it turned out.
I hope Green keeps up this play level for the rest of the season and into the playoffs.
Only a matter of time before perkins goes to the bench and collison gets the nod.
Just like it was only a matter of time before the amnesty Perk so they could resign Harden?
Or maybe they will just keep playing the way they have since they made that trade and have had great team success.
How much of a contribution perkins has to that team success is debatable at best.
Can you debate what the Thunder think by their actions and comments?
We don't know what the Thunder are thinking.
We do know that Perkins was one of the biggest factors for them losing to the Heat. He just had no place on the court. I mean his defense on Tim Duncan was poor in the Spurs series, they still made it through. He had terrible statistics and they're still paying him 9 million.
They had to bench him after 5 minutes each finals game because the Heat repeatedly targeted the big fella.
You don't need to know what the Thunder are thinking to realize they would be a better team if they upgraded at Perkins position.
He's just useless AND he's being paid 9 million per year.
They got the NBA finals with him in the starting center spot-and got buried by the Heat and he had a lot to do with that.
I will say that the Heat were a terrible team for Perk to match up against because he couldn't guard anyone on the Heat's small ball line up.
I'll also reiterate that Jeff Green still hasn't proven anything. He's played 4 or 5 good games against some garbage defenders and he's steadily improving but we need a lot more from him. He'll be tested against some decent competition and he's got 75% of the season left to prove himself.
Bottom line is that there is no true winner of this trade until Green plays like this for the rest of the season and playoffs- the heart surgery has set the 'verdict' of this trade back about a year.
Perk has been underwhelming in OKC, but they did make the finals. We've had Jeff Green for 20 games and he's been underwhelming up until the last 5 games.
The jury is still out on this one.