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NBA Finals 2012: Moves Thunder Must Make to Get over the Top

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during his post game press conference after they lost 121-106 against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 25, 2012

OKC can’t wait.

A lack of experience is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s greatest weakness, but that doesn’t mean they should just sit around and wait to get older. After signing James Harden and Serge Ibaka to extensions, a few more moves must be made for the Thunder to bounce back and win the NBA Finals.

Here is a pair that Sam Presti would be wise to execute.

 

2. Draft Draymond Green

OKC traded for Kendrick Perkins to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers. It worked, but Perkins was a liability against the Miami Heat. His elite post defense did nothing because the Heat don’t have a low-post scorer.

What they need is a four that’s capable of spreading the floor, and that’s where the 6’8”, 236-pound tweener Draymond Green comes in. Green is the only prospect that the Thunder could select at No. 28 that will be able to make an instant impact. He projects as the ultimate role player and shot 39 percent from downtown last season at Michigan State.

 

1. Sign Andre Miller

Oklahoma City won’t have the cap room to make a big splash in free agency after extending Harden and Ibaka’s contracts, but Andre Miller won’t cost more than the mid-level exception.

With Derek Fisher headed to free agency, Eric Maynor coming off a torn ACL (and a poor season) and Reggie Jackson unlikely to develop into a second-string-caliber point guard next year, Russell Westbrook needs a new backup.

Is Miller not the perfect complement to Westbrook?

Westbrook loves jump shots, has a score-first mentality, is flashy and plays erratically. Miller loves posting up, has a pass-first mentality, is unorthodox and plays with a high-basketball IQ. He’s exactly what the Thunder need, not only to provide a change of pace for Westbrook, but in terms of experience as well.

With Kevin Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka a year older and a bench capable of matching up with anyone, Oklahoma City would be well on their way to avenging their 2012 collapse.

 


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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