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Eventually, someone will remember that Serge Ibaka can block shots.
Averages: 10.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 blkpg, .528 FG%,
Serge Ibaka started the season off pretty slowly, but he’s picked it up over his past two games.
Ibaka went a combined 5-of-18 in the first two games of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder can’t afford that with offensive non-threats like Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins in the starting lineup.
If Ibaka’s not hitting that mid-range jumper, then the Thunder start to get serious spacing issues on offense, allowing defenses to swarm Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Thankfully, Ibaka hit 14-of-18 in the past two games, many of them mid-range jumpers.
Ibaka's pick-and-pop game with Westbrook is really starting to become dangerous. It's a bit remniscent of what the Thunder did with Nenad Krstic a few years back, and it adds a new dimension to the Oklahoma City offense.
Ibaka’s also still swatting shots at a good rate, and though his defensive rotations haven’t improved drastically like some hoped they would, he’s shown moderate growth.
If there’s one real area of concern, it’s the rebounding. Ibaka’s the best rebounder in the Thunder’s starting lineup, and he has to hit the glass harder than he has been.
Overall grade: B-