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Thunder: Legit Title Contenders?

The trade deadline passed us and plenty of moves went down in the process. Teams made moves left and right. Hasheem Thabeet is a Houston Rocket, and Semih Urden is a Cleveland Cavalier. Oh yeah, and some guy by the name of Deron Williams went to the Nets. One of the most surprising moves, that no one saw coming, was the move that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The trade came at the winding minutes of the deadline. The trade consisted of Perk going to OKC along with Nate Robinson for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a 2012 first round pick. This caused a big shock wave across the league. No one saw this coming and no one knew why it happened. Perk was viewed as the Celtics best interior defender along with Kevin Garnett. He was also thought of as the Celtics best counter punch against the Lakers size. Now that he is gone some people wonder if the Celtics are even the favorite in the East anymore.

The HUGE winners of this deal have to be the Thunder. They finally got the size they desperately needed. Not to be overlooked is also the acquisition of Nazr Mohammed. Nazr was acquired in a deal that sent D.J. White to Charlotte along with Morris Peterson. He is another big body that will help the Thunder. Certainly a busy trade deadline for this team. These moves now have people thinking the Thunder as legitimate title contenders. I for one come to agree with these people. The reason I say this is the simple fact that this team just got better.

You have Kevin Durant, Russel Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins as your core three players. Then you add Serge Ibaka and James Harden coming off the bench. Plus some good role players in Nick Collison, Nate Robinson (when he’s not erratic), Nazr Mohammed and Thabo Sefolosha. This team looks like it could be built for a deep playoff run. Continue Reading