With the loss of Thabo Sefolosha to the Hawks, Caron Butler to the Pistons and Derek Fisher to retirement, Scott Brooks has a few decisions to make. Sam Presti added sharpshooter Anthony Morrow, and drafted Mitch McGary to help fill some voids. Heading into training camp, there will be a few position battles, including one for the starting shooting guard spot. Will Brooks start Reggie Jackson and play him alongside Westbrook? Will he insert Anthony Morrow into the starting shooting guard spot? Or will he trust Jeremy Lamb?
Those questions and more will be answered come October 28th. If I had to predict, this would be the rotation for the 2014-2015 season:
Russell Westbrook: Please stay healthy.
Anthony Morrow: Now, a lot of folks believe Brooks will start Reggie Jackson at the two spot. However, if you do that, who is going to back-up Westbrook at the point? Sebastian Telfair? That wouldn’t be too good. Morrow stretches the floor and brings some leadership on the floor.
Kevin Durant: Not the nicest guy in the league.
Serge Ibaka: He’s back and healthy.
Steven Adams: Yes, you are reading this right. Brooks mentioned some “change” at the end of last year, and I really think this is the year that this major change occurs. Adams is ready, and is clearly more productive on the floor than Perkins. How will Perkins react? Well, that may be an issue. It’s about time Scott Brooks modifies the starting line-up.
Reggie Jackson: This guy will win 6th man of the year. Watch.
Jeremy Lamb: I am looking forward to a big year from Lamb. The past two years he’s been inconsistent with highs and lows throughout the year. Hopefully this is the year he puts it all together. It looks like he added some strength in the offseason, and if he learns to defend, he could be poised for a breakout season.
Perry Jones III: I’m not quite sure how long Jones will stay in the rotation. He can defend and is good in situations. We saw Jones be very helpful in Miami during the regular season when he shut down LeBron. He’s long and a freak athlete who can defend.
Nick Collison: As weird as this may sound, Nick Collsion is already 33 years old. He will turn 34 come the season, but still has some left in the tank. With Presti drafting McGary, it seems as if he is the long-term replacement for Collison. In so, with his contract expiring after this season, this could be Collison’s last year in Oklahoma City.
Kendrick Perkins: Like I stated earlier, I think this is the year Brooks makes the change. If Perkins isn’t happy(likely), I don’t doubt Presti dealing him come the trade deadline.
Semaj Christon, Mitch McGary, Sebastian Telfair, Josh Huestis, Andre Roberson and Hasheem Thabeet.