After making it to the Western Conference Finals last season, there is no doubting that the Oklahoma City Thunder have become legitimate playoff contenders, with superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way. However, the Thunder's flaws were exposed during their defeat to the Dallas Mavericks, and the team is still a couple of pieces away from being championship favorites.
The 2011 NBA free-agent market, although nowhere near as stacked as the free-agent pool of the previous year, has a number of quality players who could improve Oklahoma City's roster immensely.
In my opinion, the most pressing needs for the Thunder in free agency are to find a quality backup for Durant and improve their post scoring. With Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins starting at the four and five, the Thunder have plenty of post defense, but very little offense. While Ibaka is developing a solid face-up game, Perkins is absolutely hopeless on offense and the Thunder could use a frontcourt player who specializes in getting points in the post.
In addition, the Thunder could use a new wing player to bolster the bench. All signs point to James Harden taking over the starting role for Thabo Sefolosha next year, as he has shown to be not only a dynamic scorer but also a much improved defender. Consequently, the Thunder will need a new wing scorer to lead the second unit and pair with Sefolosha.
Without further ado, here are the Thunder's top-10 free-agent choices in 2011.