Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks announced that Caron Butler will play tonight when the Thunder host the Philadelphia 76ers and he may even start in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha.
Scott Brooks says Caron Butler could start at shooting guard in place of injured guard Thabo Sefolosha.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) March 3, 2014
Butler’s signing seems even more fortunate now with Sefolosha out the next 4-6 weeks, which could end up being for the rest of the season.
In the Thunder’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats Sunday, Perry Jones started in place of Sefolosha as OKC started an extremely big lineup. Brooks likes Jones’ defensive versatility and has used him more often as the season has gone on.
Jones is not a great outside shooter though and Butler would certainly be an upgrade in that department for the Thunder.
Butler is known for being a tough player who can be solid defensively. There’s a chance that he may fit into the starting lineup even better than Sefolosha did. If that’s the case, it may be interesting when Sefolosha returns to see what Brooks does in terms of the starting lineup.
A bench unit of Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Nick Collison and Butler would provide the Thunder with plenty of scoring so Brooks may elect to bring Butler off the bench still.
We’ll get the first look tonight at what Brooks’ impact on the Thunder will be.