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As the season has come to an end, I want to write a piece of article about this season and to have an outlook of the upcoming one. I think I need to hear your opinions, and I will translate them into Chinese so our fans can see the exclusive article. Hope you can spare some time to answer those questions for us:
1. How do you evaluate the team’s performance this season? With the full mark at 10, how much will you credit for the thunder?
2. What do you think will be the major tasks in the free agent market this summer for Sam Presti?
3. Who are your favorite picks at the draft for thunder and who do you think will be the final decisions? Reasons?
4. What do you think about Russell Westbrook? Some think he is not the right one to play at the point, should become a sixth man to bring some energy off the bench.
5. What do you think about next season? Will the thunder become a playoff runner?
OK, I appreciate your cooperation, and I promise I will have your replies translated and post up at the BBS, then I give you a feedback. Thank you.
I give them a 5. they had horrible start (3-29) but were 20-30 over their last 50 games. It's a young team with a lot of potential but went through some growing pains, losing several games a veteran team would have won.
It's uncertain if Presti will target any free agents. Hewants to make sure he has salary cap room in future years for young players like Durant, Green and Westbrook. He might sign a free agent. The biggest needs are a defensive center to help with the interior defense and a shooting guard.
Everyone would love for the thunder to get Blake Griffin, the expected no. 1 overall pick who went to school at Oklahoma university which is only 20 miles from the Ford center. They'll find out on May 19 whether they get lucky in the draft lottery. If not, some expect Presti to possibly make a trade for the no.1 pick. If they don't get Blake Griffin it's uncertain who Presti might target. Some names thrown out there are Thabeet, Hardin（应为Harden，此处为笔误） and Jordan Hill.
翻译：人人都希望雷霆得到准状元布雷克·格里芬（Blake Griffin），他就读的俄克拉荷马大学距离福特中心仅有20英里。他们将在5月19日（选秀抽签）获得消息，看看雷霆是否能交上好运。如果没能得到他，有人预计普雷斯蒂可能会谋求交易状元签。如果无法得到格里芬，普雷斯蒂的目标就不确定了。一些被提到的名字包括哈希姆·塔比特（Hasheem Thabeet）、詹姆斯·哈登（James Harden）以及乔丹·希尔（Jordan Hill）。
The thunder has been adamant that they believe he can be a point guard, that's he's only 20 years old and will grow into the position. But there are mixed opinions. Some believe he might be better off as a shooting guard or sixth man. Westbrook, though, proved Presti knew what he was doing selecting him no. 4 overall when many had him going much later in the draft.He's extremely athletic and can play a key role. For now, the thunder believes that role is point guard.
Possibly but that's probably asking too much for a team that won only 23 games. But this is a team that should show dramatic improvement in the next year or two.If they add the right free agent or land a really good draft pick, they could be a surprise contender. Making the playoffs next year is probably asking too much but this is a team on the rise that should be a playoff contender, if not in 2009-10 then in 2010-11.
On a scale of 1-10 you can only give the Thunder low marks. The Thunder finished with the fourth worst record in the league, or put another way, 26 teams were better. Still there is a lot of pride among Thunderfans. This team, even though it lost so many games, was very competitive for much of the season. We had a ton of close games that the Thunder wasn't able towin, but was right there the whole way. We have I believe the 4th youngest teamin the league and our coach is going to get a summer and a training camp to implement his plan for the team going forward. The Thunder have two first round picks in the up coming draft, and the team salary structure is in good shape.So there is lots of optimism. But the team only gets a grade of a 3 for what it actually produced.
I think Sam Presti's job this year will be to find a big man that will help protect the basket and improve interior defense, and find a veteran or two who can contribute, yet provide leadership and an example of winning. He also has to make decisions on three restricted free agents: Desmond Mason, Malik Rose and Robert Swift.
Everyone you ask will have a different opinion of the guys in the draft this year but I will give you mine. If we get the very top pick, I would of course choose Blake Griffin from Oklahoma. If we don't get the top pick, my next choice would be James Harden from Arizona state. He is a shooting guard who is a great passer and facilitator. He can drive and shoot and has a thick body. I see him as a 12-15 year player in the NBA. If Harden is gone, I like DeJuan Blair of Pitt.
With our second first round pick, if we didn't get Harden with the first then Ilike Wayne Ellington or Chase Buddinger or Nick Calathes. If we did get Harden with the top pick, I like the team to move up with a trade enough to get DeJuan Blair with our second pick.
翻译：谈到今年选秀，每个人都有不同的意见。我的意见如下：如果我们得到了状元签，毫无疑问会选择来自俄克拉荷马的布雷克·格里芬（Blake Griffin） 。如果没有得到状元的话，我的第二选择是来自亚利桑那州大的詹姆斯·哈登（James Harden）。作为得分后卫的哈登具有极强的传球能力，能够推动球队进攻。他能够突破也能投篮，身体非常强壮。我认为他能够在联盟打上12-15年。如果没有哈登的话，我选择来自匹兹堡的德胡安·布莱尔（DeJuanBlair）。
第二个首轮签位，如果我们没有能够在第一个签位拿到哈登的话，应该选择韦恩·埃灵顿（Wayne Ellington）或者蔡司·巴丁格（Chase Buddinger）或者尼克·卡拉瑟斯（Nick Calathes）。如果我们得到了哈登，那么应该向上交易这个选秀权，选择德胡安·布莱尔。
Russell Westbrook is intriguing. He's too good and dominant to be a bench player right now, but he has holes in his game. He turns the ball over too much, and at times he forces his offense, both with the drive and with the jumper. He also shot for low percentage this year. His shot is not broken, his pull up is coming along and his form looks great, right now it's about shot selection, and learning the delicate balance between taking the shot and passing for a better one. He also needs a better commitment to defense. At times he was very good on defense, at other times he wasn't. I think this up coming season we need to see improvement from Russell in those areas. If we do, I think he can be our PG of the future. If not, then maybe it's time to move him over to the two, or use him alongside a better facilitator.
No, I don't think the Thunder will make the playoffs next season. The Western Conference is too stacked and the Thunder would have to make a huge leap. I look for the '10-'11 season as the playoff year. But, if we sneak in next season that would be great.
This season was two parts: the P.J. Carlesimo part and the Scott Brooks part. For Carlesimo's tenure, I'd say the team scored about a two. They weren't competitive, got beat every night and looked bad doing it. But under Brooks, the team changed almost overnight. They were in games, won a few and played with a lot more intensity and emotion. So seeing as Carlesimowas coach for about 15 percent of the season, I'd give the team a six. They surpassed last season's win total by three games and added some pieces that really brighten the future.
Add an inside post presence. Oklahoma City really lacks a physical big manon the inside and whether that comes through the draft or free agency, that's the main focus. Nenad Krstic is a nice offensive option, but he's not that dominating rebounder/shot blocker a successful team needs. Other than that, an outside shooter would be really helpful. This season Kevin Durant and Jeff Green made almost 80 percent of the team's threes combined. OKC needs an outside threat.
Obviously my favorite pick would be Blake Griffin. He fits exactly what this team needs - a big, strong physical post scorer and rebounder. After that, I think Ricky Rubio could be a nice pick. He's clearly the second best player in this draft and with Russell Westbrook being able to play the off-guard fairly well, that could be a nice backcourt. I anticipate the Thunder getting the third or fourth pick and probably taking Hasheem Thabeet or Jordan Hill.
翻译：毫无疑问我喜欢布雷克·格里芬(Blake Griffin)。他和球队的需要不谋而合——高大、强壮的低位得分手、篮板手。此外，我认为里基·卢比奥（Ricky Rubio）也是很好的选择。显然，他是这一届新秀中第二好的球员。威斯布鲁克能够很好地出任得分后卫，如果再得到卢比奥，他们会组成很好的后场组合。我预计雷霆会得到第3或者第4顺位，有可能选择哈希姆·塔比特（Hasheem Thabeet）或者乔丹·希尔(Jordan Hill)。
I think he needs time. People forget about great point guards development. Devin Harris wasn't an All-Star right away. Deron Williams took time to evolve. Steve Nash didn't become the dominant player he is now until about his fifth season. Point guard is a really difficult position to play and Westbrook was playing it exclusively for the first time this year. Hewas one rebound shy of becoming the fourth rookie ever to have 1,200 points,400 rebounds and 400 assists (Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Alvin Adams). I think he did pretty good this year. Next year is big for him. If he hasn't shown marked improvement in controlling the game 20 games in, then something might need to change.
I don't think OKC will be a playoff team next year, but I do think they should win at least 35 games. The talent is there, but it's still young. In order to make a playoff run, you're banking on three guys under the age of 24 to become elite players. And that's a big bet. But with some success in the free agent market and some luck in the draft, the Thunder could make a playoff push. But I don't expect it.
I think this season was a 6. This season never was about winning. It always was about building for the future, and after the rough start, the Thunder certainly improved and set themselves up for great improvement. The coaching obviously was a problem early, but Scott Brooks seemed to stabilize things. The Thunder found its point guard of the future in Russell Westbrook, a defensive stopper in Sefolosha, a budding star in Jeff Green and a budded star in Kevin Durant. On top of that, the Thunder found a center, Krstic, on the scrap heap, and found three young players that at least have a chance to contribute: Weaver, White and Livingston. I think it was avery fruitful season, notwithstanding.
The major needs for Sam Presti is interior defense. Either through the draft or free agency, the Thunder must guard the basket better. Krstic is more of an offensive center; when the Thunder traded forTyson Chandler, it seemed to give OKC a nice 1-2 combo in the middle. But when the trade fell through, the need resurfaced. The Thunder doesn't necessarily need a shot blocker, but it must have a guy who fiercely guards the paint. Even if the Thunder somehow lands Blake Griffin in the draft, more post presence is needed defensively.
Blake Griffin obviously is No. 1. If the Thundercan't get him, I would go for a big man. I like Arizona's Jordan Hill and UConn's HasheemThabeet. Thabeet is a shot blocker and Hill is a rugged power forward. TheThunder always could use another shooter like Arizona State's James Hardin（此处应为Harden，笔误）, but the interior is the morepressing need.
翻译： 显然布雷克·格里芬(Blake Griffin)。如果得不到他，我倾向于选择一名长人。我喜欢亚利桑那的乔丹·希尔（Jordan Hill），或者康涅迪克的哈希姆·塔比特（Hasheem Thabeet）。塔比特是一个盖帽好手，希尔是身体强壮的大前锋。雷霆也可以选择一个投手，比如亚利桑那州大的詹姆斯·哈登（James Harden），但是内线是目前的燃眉之急。
I think if the Thunder can get Tony Parker, Chauncey Billups or Derrick Rose for next to nothing, then fine, let's kick Westbrook to the curb. But otherwise, I don't understand the questions about Westbrook.You've got a rookie point guard, who is only 20 years old, and didn't get toplay much point in the past, who averages 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists a game for a bad team. He's wonderfully athletic, and everyone thinks he will become a defensive stopper. He's a penetrator deluxe. His flaws are that his decision-making is still shaky and he's not a great shooter. There are about 29 NBA teams that hope the Thunder listens to the skeptics and moves Westbrook off the point.
I don't see the Thunder challenging for the playoffs next season. I think it still will take about 46-48 wins to make the Western Conference playoffs, and I think about 38 wins is the high side for the Thunder next season. But the year after that, watch out.
I would say about a 4. The Thunder needs to win many more games, but they improved as the season progressed.
Free agency is not particularly important, I don't think. He could get one or two players who fit into his philosophy, who work hard and play their role.
I think they need to do everything possible to get Blake Griffin. He's a local hero and by far the best player in the country. They need to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
翻译： 我认为球队应该尽最大努力得到布雷克·格里芬（Blake Griffin）。格里芬是俄城的英雄，目前来看也是全国最好的球员。他们需要把握住这一难得的机遇。
I think he is someone who can play point guard, but I don't think he is a point guard yet. He also could be outstanding as a sixth man, but he should start because he often is their second-best player.
I say the Thunder will win perhaps 15 more games next season (around 35-38), but that's still about 10 wins short of the playoffs. The year after that (2010-11) should be a playoff year.
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