NBA action started last night with the Cavs defeating the Celtics and the Rockets knocking off the Warriors, and Oklahoma City is only one day away from opening night. To celebrate this one remaining day, let’s take a look at some stats that the Thunder ranked at the top of the league last year.
Despite the Thunder’s struggles and inability to make it beyond the first round of the playoffs last season, there were some areas that they excelled in. First off, Oklahoma City ranked number one in the NBA in rebounds (46.6 per game) for the third year in a row. Part of the Thunder’s ability to rebound the ball so well was the fact that Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double, which included rebounds. This made Oklahoma City dangerous from a lot of different angles when it came to rebounding, and the Thunder should be able to continue this trend this season.
Another stat where the Thunder ranked at the top was points in the paint. Oklahoma City averaged 49.9 points down low per game, and it makes sense that because they were so successful in rebounding, then they were also able to hurt teams in scoring in the paint. Despite adding a number of quality deep-threat shooters, the Thunder will look to continue to find opportunities down low. Despite the spotlight being reduced on Steven Adams, for example, his ability to rebound and score in the paint will be essential to the Thunder’s success.
Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.