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SEASON ENDING GRADES


SEASON ENDING GRADES
Chucky Atkins

→What he did: Played in only 18 games but served as a positive mentor to young players.

→Outlook: Atkins will turn 35 this summer and doesn't figure to be back.

→Grade: C-.

Nick Collison

→What he did: He got off to a slow start but finished strong by providing steady hustle plays.

→Outlook: Collison has two years remaining on his contract and will likely be back.

→Grade: B.

Kevin Durant

→What he did: Increased his averages in every major statistical category, improving to sixth in the league in scoring (25.3).

→Outlook: The next step is for him to get stronger and become more consistent in late-game situations.

→Grade: A+.

Jeff Green

→What he did: Took a major step forward in expanding his game. .

→Outlook: He has the athleticism and talents to take another big jump next year.

→Grade: A+.

Nenad Krstic

→What he did: Averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in 29 games after joining the team mid-season.

→Outlook: Krstic expects to come back even better next season after having to readjust to the NBA game.

→Grade: B-.

Shaun Livingston

→What he did: Signed for the rest of the season on March 31 and played admirably while trying to bounce back from a devastating knee injury.

→Outlook: Livingston will play in summer league and try to make his case for staying on board.

→Grade: Incomplete.

Desmond Mason

→What he did: Sustained a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 28 but played his role of a veteran leader.

→Outlook: Mason will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and might not return.

→Grade: C+.

Malik Rose

→What he did: Arrived via New York in mid-February and played in 20 games.

→Outlook: Rose will turn 35 early in the season next year and likely won't be back.

→Grade: B.

Thabo Sefolosha

→What he did: Instantly improved the Thunder's defense after a a mid-season trade from Chicago. His 5.2 rebounds per game were also a pleasant surprise.

→Outlook: Needs to work on shooting this summer.

→Grade: B+.

Robert Swift

→What he did: Proved that there is such a thing as injury prone. He played in just 26 games.

→Outlook: He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and likely won't be back.

→Grade: D-.

Earl Watson

→What he did: He was replaced by rookie Russell Westbrook 18 games into the season and played better as a reserve.

→Outlook: Watson doesn't expect to return.

→Grade: C-.

Kyle Weaver

→What he did: Averaged 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20.8 minutes per game as a rookie. The second-round pick proved he's capable of playing at this level.

→Outlook: He'll likely spend much more time in the D-League next season.

→Grade: B.

Russell Westbrook

→What he did: Adjusted well to being the full-time point guard. He showed his potential with a nice mix of scoring, rebounding and defense.

→Outlook: The future is extremely bright for Westbrook. He'll need to improve his accuracy and turnover ratio to take the next step.

→Grade: B+.

D.J. White

→What he did: Missed the first 75 games but averaged 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game over the final seven games.

→Outlook: Expect White to get a couple of extended stints in the D-League next year.

→Grade: Incomplete.

Damien Wilkins

→What he did: Sat on the bench for half of the season, playing in only 41 games despite no major injuries and averaging 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.

→Outlook: Wilkins is unlikely to return.

→Grade: D-.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 22, 2009

 

 
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