2011-12 stats: 8.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 0.8 APG
If a weakness was evident for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the postseason, it was that the Thunder’s frontcourt could not score.
Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka are tremendous defenders, and Nick Collison plays with more energy than just about anyone in the league. None of the three, however, is good at creating his own offense.
Enter J.J. Hickson. The guy can flat-out get buckets—that is, of course, when he’s happy with his playing time.
In his 19 games with Portland, he averaged 15 points—including six 20-point bursts—a game in 30-plus minutes per game. There won’t be enough minutes to go around in Oklahoma City, but he’ll be playing with a winner. That should be enough to keep him happy.
Unfortunately, the concerns about whether he’ll accept a reduced amount of playing time will be enough to keep the Thunder away.