The Oklahoma City Thunder have been considered title contenders dating all the way back to the 2010-11 campaign, but each and every year, they have come up short.
Most recently, the Thunder were waxed by the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs, and while there is no shame in that (I mean, who wasn't waxed by the Spurs last season?), it's what they did—or didn't do—this offseason that has me flummoxed.
It was painfully clear this past year that while the Thunder may have the game's best one-two punch in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, they just don't have enough depth to win a championship. Not in the stacked West.
Seriously, who is the team's No. 3 scorer? It seems like Serge Ibaka has been given that title, and while Ibaka is certainly a fine player, he cannot be your third-best weapon offensively.
So, Oklahoma City went into the summer with a golden opportunity to better its roster. But what was its big move? Signing Anthony Morrow to a three-year, $10 million deal (first reported by Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman).
Nothing against Morrow, because he is a nice role player who can shoot the lights out, but let's be honest here: does that acquisition really move the needle for OKC against San Antonio?
The answer is no.
The Thunder needed to A) find another reliable scorer to put alongside Durant and Westbrook, and B) add some dependable veterans to a bench that ranked just 15th in scoring last season.
They did neither, and this has become a recurring theme for this organization.
We all like to make Scott Brooks the scapegoat for Oklahoma City's failures, but maybe it's time we start pointing the finger where it really belongs: at the front office.