OKC desperately needs improved floor spacing this season, and the only way to obtain it will be to put better shooters on the floor with Durant and Westbrook. Nobody would dispute that James Harden is a much better player than Kevin Martin, but the Thunder offense has never been more prolific or efficient as it was in Martin’s lone season in Oklahoma (112.4 points per 100 possessions, 52.7% eFG via Basketball-Reference.com).
Signing Anthony Morrow seemed like an unsatisfying consolation prize after OKC missed out on Pau Gasol, but don’t sleep on what the sharpshooter will do for the OKC offense. After all, he is quite possibly the best spot-up shooter the Thunder have ever had (other candidates are Kevin Durant, Kevin Martin and Daequan Cook).
None of those others has shot over 40 percent from downtown in more than three seasons. Morrow is currently at 42.8 percent for his career.
According to the official NBA stats page, he ranked 12th (minimum two attempts per game) in the NBA in three-point percentage on catch-and-shoot opportunities last year, knocking down 44.1 percent of them. Only three Thunder players surpassed the 40 percent mark in the same category last season, and they’re all gone (Derek Fisher, Caron Butler and Reggie Williams).
Morrow is sure to receive more of those opportunities than ever before with defenses helping on Durant and Westbrook. Opposing teams could live with Fisher and Butler taking those shots, but they won’t be able to do the same with Morrow. His presence will be a tremendous boost for the OKC offense—which is a scary thought for the rest of the league.
Morrow will find minutes in the rotation and has a good chance of snatching a starting spot if Jeremy Lamb doesn’t impress and Coach Brooks wants to keep Reggie Jackson on the bench. Whenever he gets on the court, Morrow will provide an instant offensive boost and take the Thunder to an even more explosive offensive gear.
Per-Game Stat Projections: 22-26 minutes, 13 points (45% 3P), 3 rebounds, 1 assist