Just when the Oklahoma City Thunder get Russell Westbrook back, they’re forced to play without two other starters: Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha. The good news is that we’ve had a chance to see meaningful minutes from every key contributor, so let’s evaluate how they’ve performed this season.
These power rankings attempt to discern how well each player has done based partially on the numbers but also subjectively based on how important they’ve been to OKC’s success this year.
There is no surprise that Kevin Durant is at No. 1 (spoiler alert!), but there are a few interesting takeaways from this ranking of the top 10 players.
For starters, the depth on this team is impressive. Perry Jones and Steven Adams are consistent features in the rotation, but neither of them crack the list because of the sheer talent ahead of them.
Secondly, you’ll see a couple of important players that are relatively low on the list compared to where they should be: Thabo Sefolosha and Jeremy Lamb. Why are they so low? Click through to find out.
With plenty of skilled role players and veteran leadership to go along with two top-10 players, OKC is ready for a title run, but everyone on this list needs to do their job for that to happen.
Note: All player stats and Player Efficiency Ratings are accurate as of Mar. 18, 2014 and are courtesy of ESPN.com.