Over the next 16 days, we’re going to be ranking the Thunder roster, 1-15. Each day we’ll reveal a new ranking and a player. We’d enjoy your feedback by using the hashtag “#ThunderRank” on Facebook or Twitter. Alright, alright, you’re all waiting.. here it is! PS: Grant Jerrett is ineligible for the list due to he remains unsigned with the Thunder.
#8 – Kendrick Perkins
This one is very tough for me. There aren’t many Perkins defenders out there. I’m not a big fan of his. However, one thing is very consistent was Perkins’ ranking throughout the #ThunderRank. He was ranked anywhere from seventh to ninth. That might show how weak the bottom of our roster is, I guess.
One thing that most fans wanted, was to amnesty Perkins. That never happened. He’s promised $17 million dollars over the next two seasons, and that’s one of the major reasons that he returned for this season. Not to mention that Sam Presti, Thunder General Manager, probably has a huge man crush on him, for some reason.
Not everything about Perkins is negative. He’s a decent defender when put in the proper position. He can really defend the traditional post center. However, when you put him against a big man who lives on the perimeter, or someone who is athletic, like a Chris Bosh, he has a tendency to get beat a lot. That’s not exactly his fault. That’s his coach’s fault for putting him in bad situations. It comes down to Scott Brooks putting Perkins in a chance to do well. Not where he is going to fail from the beginning.
Perkins is not the same Perkins from 2009. He’s had numerous injuries and he’s wearing down. He has a huge load for this team. He’s going to continue to get worse. That’s not any real negative on him. That’s just something that happens when players get older. He’s the second oldest player on this team, and he’s with the history of injuries that he’s had, just understandable that he’s wearing down.
A lot of what he does isn’t in the box score. It most likely won’t ever be in there. Occasionally he’ll grab a bunch of rebounds, maybe drop 10-12 points in a game. Other than that, he’s freeing up the weakside defense for players like Serge Ibaka. Allowing them to roam free defensively, and making them a better player. He does those little thing that not everyone sees. Everyone sees Ibaka with the block, or Nick Collison with the charge. What people don’t see is that Perkins was cutting off one side of the court, in which the player was forced to go the other way, leaving them in the hands of the rest of the defense.
The fact is that Perkins is not going anywhere. At all. Unless the team is able to trade him, which they’ve tried, he’s going to continue his contract here in Oklahoma City. We might as well get used to him being around. He’s become a staple to the Thunder organization. It’s going to be very different when he’s not in a Thunder uniform anymore.
Here’s a recap of the #ThunderRank to this point:
- #9 – Derek Fisher
- #10 - Perry Jones III
- #11 - Hasheem Thabeet
- #12 - Steven Adams
- #13 - Ryan Gomes
- #14 - Daniel Orton
- #15 - Andre Roberson