When the Boston Celtics traded for Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder in 2011 he was the perfect fit to what OKC was missing. He instantly added a veteran presence with championship experience to a team that was very green and who's major stars had very little playoff seasoning. Perkins impact was felt immediately with his physical defense and a nasty streak that showed the rest of the Thunder what it took to win in the post season. For lack of a better word Perkins became an enforcer for the Thunder and it allowed Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's offensive games to continue to flourish. Well that was two years ago and now things have changed for both parties. Perkins' lack of offense skill set along with the decline in the athleticism that made him such a good defender means that the Thunder need to look for a better option at the center position. Perkins defensive ability really fits to cover a certain type of offensive player. The traditional lost post, back to the basketball offensive center. That is a dying breed in the NBA. There are only a handful of players who would fall into that category. I would put Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson, Andrew Bynum, Roy Hibbert and DeMarcus Cousins (if you count him as a center) as players who fit that mold. The NBA is an offensive transition game right now and Perk just doesn't fit in it. That showed in the NBA Finals last season vs. the Miami Heat. The previously mentioned centers all have low post games along with the necessary offensive skills and athleticism to survive and in some cases thrive in the transition NBA.
Is it time to move Kendrick Perkins?
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