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Perkins is a certified tough and mean player who really changed the mentality of the Thunder on the court after he was acquired at the trade deadline in 2011.
Though he was very ineffective in the postseason against the Heat in the Finals, Perkins was playing through a torn groin, which he recently had surgery on.
When he was healthy in the regular season, Perkins was a pretty good center, and improved from last year when he was playing through injuries. This season, he came back in better shape than ever to help Oklahoma City.
His numbers actually dipped this last season, but between the box score, Perkins was a valuable piece in helping the Thunder to the second seed in the Western Conference.
However, his leadership and toughness can only make up for his meager numbers for so long. Especially considering that Perkins has a pretty high price on him (due to make $7.8 million next season), he may become expendable to make room for contract extensions for Serge Ibaka and James Harden.
The only way Perkins can maintain his starting job with the Thunder is to work to improve his dismal offensive game. His lack of go-to post moves and his below-average jump shot hurts the Thunder offensively when he's on the court. If he can manage to get better in this area, and take care of his body throughout the season, Perkins can prove that he is worth paying to keep as a starting center for a championship contender like OKC.