Mar 22, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow (3) reacts after hitting a three point basket against the Miami Heat during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Heat 105-95. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

How Anthony Morrow Will Help The Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the NBA’s best and most consistent teams over the last few years. Unfortunately over the last few postseason they have come up short on their quest for a title.  Many people around the league thought this last season would finally be the one. However, after being pushed to a seventh game in their first round matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, OKC fans started to notice a few holes in the team’s offense that needed to be fixed.  One of the most noticeable problems was their 3-point shooting.  The acquisition of free agent sharp-shooting guard Anthony Morrow should prove to help towards the improvement of the Thunder’s 3-point issues.

As a team, last season the Thunder had the 14th ranked 3-point percentage at 36.1%.  For a team with no true offensive low post threat to go to, shots beyond the arch are something they desperately needed to improve on during this offseason.  Couple that with the loss of Derek Fisher to retirement and Thabo Sefolosha to free agency, the OKC bench needed to find more contributing players.  The addition of Anthony Morrow to the Thunder roster should prove to do just that.  Morrow is a career 42.8% 3-point shooter.  He also averages 10.4 ppg, although he doesn’t bring much more to the table on the offensive end.  He is also known to be a defensive liability, but that’s nothing new to the Thunder.  He gives OKC the ability to stretch the floor and take away some of the double teams that Kevin Durant was seeing last year. He should definitely help fix the Thunder’s 3-point woes.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti seems to think that Anthony Morrow and his skill from outside is exactly what the team needed to fill the void from downtown that haunted them last year:

“Anthony Morrow has demonstrated that he is amongst the most consistent and efficient 3-point shooters in the NBA over his career, and we are pleased to welcome him to Oklahoma City and the Thunder organization,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “With his body of work, we feel Anthony is a unique addition to a diverse roster, while also possessing the toughness and selflessness that we are consistently seeking in Thunder players.”

The Thunder’s front office aren’t the only ones excited about the signing of their new outside threat.  Just look at what Anthony Morrow had to say about why he decided to come to OKC:

“I needed them,” Morrow added. “Everybody’s been telling me that the team needs me. I’m like, ‘I need them more than they need me. I’ve never been in the playoffs, so it’s just a situation where I’m glad to be able to step in.”

Anthony Morrow’s ability and the Thunder’s winning ways were a perfect match.  It’s clear that the team and Morrow are excited to join forces.  Now all OKC fans can do is wait and see if the two mesh together as planned and launch the Thunder into the next level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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