May 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Kevin Martin (23) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies point guard Jerryd Bayless (7) during game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder Player Report Cards: Bench Edition


May 13, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) finishes a dunk as Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur (00) and guard Keyon Dooling (55) look on in game four of the 2013 NBA Playoffs and lead the series 3-1. Memphis defeated Oklahoma 103-97 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

After looking at the starters this year for the Thunder, it’s now time to grade the bench mob this past year in Oklahoma City. With the draft coming up, this lineup may be different heading into next year so we will see if these guys will see be in the rotation.

Reggie Jackson

Stats from2011-2012: 3.1 points, 1.6 assists, 1.2 rebounds a game

Stats from this year: 5.3 points, 1.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds a game

Grade: A

Analysis: Out of the whole bench this year,  Reggie Jackson had the best season. Improvements across the board, and he stepped up when Westbrook went down with the knee injury. Jackson proved himself in every possible. He matured, and even showed that he can be a candidate for  6th man of the year award next year. So excited to see #15 next year even better.

Kevin Martin

Stats from2011-2012 with Rockets:  17.1 points, 2.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds a game

Stats from this year: 14 points, 1.4 assists, and 2.3 rebounds a game

Grade: C+

Analysis:  I can’t really tell if I’m being too hard on Martin because I feel I shouldn’t be comparing him to Harden.  Overall though, Kmart had an extremely inconsistent season. One night he’ll go for 25 points, and the next night he’ll finish with six points. That kind of stuff can’t happen. When  Westbrook went down, his responsibility level increased, and sometimes he responded to it and other nights he just didn’t show up. I wouldn’t be surprised if Presti lets Martin go and has trust in a guy like Jeremy Lamb.

DeAndre Liggins

Stats from2011-2012 with Magic: 1.9 points, 0.3 assists, 0.9 rebounds a game

Stats from this year: 1.5 points, 0.4 assists, 1.4 rebounds a game

Grade: B

Analysis: Liggins isn’t a stat guy as he just loves to play his role. The former Kentucky guard spent his season going back and forth from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. He is a defensive specialist who just loves to get after it with his hustle and energy. He had a great week mid-way through the season which put himself in the rotation for a little while.

Nick Collison

Stats from2011-2012: 4.5 points, 1.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds a game

Stats from this year: 5.1 points,1.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds a game

Grade: B

Analysis: An improvement scoring the ball this year, but other than that I didn’t see much improvement from Collison. He had great games and then games where he just didn’t show up. I would consider this year a bump in the road for Collison, but he is still a fan favorite.

Hasheem Thabeet

Stats from2011-2012 in Portland:  1.9 points, 0 assists, 2.3 rebounds a game

Stats from this year: 2.9 points, 0.2 assists, 3 rebounds a game

Grade:C-

Analysis: I was excited when Sam Presti signed this guy, not going to lie. I thought he’d come into Oklahoma City and turn his career around. Evidently that didn’t happen.  There’s not much to say about Thabeet, other than he is a waste of his 7 foot body. Who knows though? Maybe Thunder big man coach Mark Bryant can work with him and help his game a lot.

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