NBA Free Agents 2011: Veterans OKC Thunder Must Target to Make NBA Finals
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a young team and adding some veteran players with playoff experience during this free-agency period would help the team make the NBA Finals.
Shane Battier and Grant Hill are two veteran players who would really help the Thunder get to the Finals, and both players have not won a championship before, so their competitive fires still burn brightly.
Let's look at four veterans OKC must target to make the Finals this season.
Tayshaun Prince is an unrestricted free agent and with the Detroit Pistons rebuilding he is unlikely to re-sign with them.
Who is the best fit for the Thunder?
Prince is a good defender whose length allows him the versatility to guard small forwards and shooting guards.
Prince's outside shooting would stretch the floor for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to drive towards the basket.
On a championship contender, Prince could be an important role player who will bring NBA Finals experience and dependable production at both ends of the floor.
2. Jeff Foster
Jeff Foster is a very dependable rebounder and is very efficient with the minutes given to him. He gives tremendous effort and could play the power forward position for the Thunder.
Foster has averaged about seven rebounds per game in his career with 20.7 minutes per game of playing time.
Foster would be inexpensive, likely available for the veterans minimum, and would add some nice depth to the OKC frontcourt.
3. Shane Battier
Shane Battier is a highly respected player who can shoot well from the three-point line and is a dependable shooter.
Would Battier make OKC the West favorites?
Battier is also an elite perimeter defender. He has defended stars such as Kobe Bryant very well, and would instantly make the Thunder a better defensive team.
With Battier on the roster, Durant would never have to defend the other's team's best perimeter scorer.
4. Chuck Hayes
Chuck Hayes is a really good post defender who is a bit undersized at 6'9", but he is still a quality big man that would add tremendous depth to the OKC frontcourt.
He averaged 7.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season for the Houston Rockets. Hayes would not be an expensive addition for the Thunder, and you can never have enough quality big men who can defend and rebound.
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