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Building Block: Fact (for now)
If you just look at Kendrick Perkins stat line, you wonder how this guy gets 25 minutes a game.
He does manage to snag six boards a game, but only score four points and barely ekes out a block.
That said, his game can't be measured by statistics alone.
The nine-year veteran brings a "tough guy" demeanor that sets the tone for the Thunder's defense.
His toughness isn't really important in the regular season, but during the playoffs his skills as an enforcer standout.
The only reason Perkins could be viewed as expendable are his fairly large contract and the fact that the team has some younger, more athletic options at his position.
However, until one of those young guys can put it all together, he's probably a fixture with the team until his contract is up.