With 13 games into the 2017-18 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have 6 wins and 7 losses. Not the greatest start that everyone was thinking for the Big 3. Thunder’s superstars are clearly not jelling, and head coach Billy Donovan doesn’t seem to have a quick fix.
The story so far in OKC, has been about the transition from 1 ball-dominant superstar, to fitting 3 on the floor. Everyone thought that the Thunder’s offense was going to be on fire, but rain and thunder has prevented the team from heating up.
Paul George, being one of the most dynamic scores in the league, has been more or less relegated to third fiddle. George is to this team what Chris Bosh was to the Miami Heat in 2011 – a glorified space creator. He is being squeezed to both sides of the court by Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, and it’s not really his style.
The ideal offense for the Thunder would be Anthony act as the spacer, while the team be driven by Westbrook and navigated by George. But so far, Melo hasn’t been defending or doing any of the dirty work that’s demanded by the number 2 player for the team.
Catch you Thursday.