Ranking every bench unit in OKC Thunder history

Russell Westbrook,, OKC Thunder, (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook,, OKC Thunder, (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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No. 9: 2016-2017

The 2016-17 season was an emotional rollercoaster. The face of the franchise just skipped town in one of the most surprising moves in NBA offseason history. The Thunder went from planning to have Al Horford and Kevin Durant added to the mix, to scrambling to recover from a franchise altering loss.

The Thunder had no one to turn to off the bench. While Russell Westbrook averaged a triple double and took home MVP honors, the rest of the squad was lackluster at best.

Anthony Morrow, Alex Abrines, Jerami Grant, Doug McDermott, and fan favorite Enes Kanter headlined the Thunder reserve squad. You also can not forget everyone’s back up point guard Semaj Christon. You could make the argument this bench lineup is worst of all time, worse than the inaugural season. Even Kyle Singler saw action in 32-NBA-contests.

Statistically, this bench was terrible. Nothing can display this better than Russell Westbrook’s on/off numbers during his historic season. Westbrook had a 40.8-percent usage rate. His on off numbers in the playoffs were jaw dropping. The OKC Thunder got outscored by 51.3 points per 100 possessions while Westbrook sat on the bench.