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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2009-05-28


Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2009-05-28


Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2009-05-28
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Kevin Durant. The second-year small forward turned in a spectacular season, even if few noticed, to firmly cement himself as the franchise player. Durant finished sixth in the league in scoring at more than 25 points per game. He also grabbed 6.5 boards and dished out nearly three assists a night.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Robert Swift. The injury-plagued center was never able to get on track, despite given every opportunity to earn a spot in the rotation. The former lottery pick played in just 26 games, averaging only 13 minutes. He heads into free agency looking for a new team.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: Malik Rose, Desmond Mason and Robert Swift are free agents. The team likely doesn't have any interest in Rose or Swift, though either may be used in a sign-and-trade scenario. Mason, an Oklahoma State product, could be a possibility if he's healthy. With so much room for improvement, the team is looking for veteran depth at all positions on the affordable side.

PLAYER NEWS:

--F Kevin Durant finished third in the voting for the Most Improved Player. Indiana forward Danny Granger won the award.

Granger received 364 of a possible 605 points, including 48 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters. New Jersey's Devin Harris finished second with 339 points (43 first-place votes), followed by Durant with 83 points (six first-place votes).

--F D.J. White will use his offseason to bulk up. After two jaw surgeries sidelined him for 75 games, White said he was playing 15-20 pounds under his ideal weight. His goal is to get back somewhere between 235-240 pounds.

--C Nenad Krstic will play for the Serbian national team this summer shortly after getting married in July.

"No honeymoon," he added.

Krstic plans to work on his post moves and interior defense. He wants to spend two months doing conditioning drills and won't do many basketball-specific drills until joining the national team.

MEDICAL WATCH:

--G Thabo Sefolosha (dislocated finger) didn't play the last several games of the season as a precautionary measure. He didn't need surgery.

--G Desmond Mason (knee surgery) is expected to make a full recovery. He'll be ready for training camp if he remains with the team.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 28, 2009

 

 
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