As the Oklahoma City Thunder embark on their quest for NBA glory, head coach Scott Brooks will have plenty of tough decisions to make when it comes to figuring out his playoff rotations. The postseason is definitely a different style of basketball, but reflecting on how each player performed in the regular season is a good place to start.
Consequently, here are the last player grades for the regular season. As always, the grades attempt to go beyond the box score, but the eye test is so subjective that the numbers have to factor into the evaluations.
The entire season’s work for each player is considered, but the grades are weighted more to contributions over the second half of the season since sports is always a “what have you done for me lately?” business.
Another important point to consider is every player is not graded on the same scale. While that would be the case in an ideal world, the fact of the matter is these players are not of equal talent. If every player were graded on the same scale, Kevin Durant would get an A++++, Russell Westbrook would get an A++ and most of the remaining players would get Cs and Ds.
It’s much more important to fill your role in the bigger picture of the team than it is to go out and try to score points or rack up stats, so these grades factor in what was expected of each player.
For every player, there will be an explanation of their role on the team, complete with a grade to reflect how well he fulfilled that role and a breakdown explaining that grade.
Note: All stats are courtesy of ESPN.com