Before I rant I'll start off with some numbers. So here are Hashaeem Thabeet's stats per 36 minutes:
7.5 PPG, 60% FG, 60% FT, 9.2 RPG, 2.8 BPG.
Not necessarily awe inspiring, but, let's compare that to Kendrick Perkins' stats per 36 minutes. These numbers show that when compared to Perkins, Thabeet scores more points, is way more efficient, gets more rebounds, and almost twice as many blocks:
6.1 PPG, 45% FG, 61% FT, 8.2 RPG, 1.5 BPG.
And let us not forget just how awful Kendrick Perkins was in the playoffs this year on nearly 20 minutes a game:
2 PPG, 26% FG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 BPG, 3.5 FPG, 2.1 TPG.
Now I'm sure that we've all seen the recent report about Kendrick Perkins busting his ass this offseason and working hard to be a real contributor for us next season. Let's look at the primary quote from the article:
"I've been working, man," Perkins said. "Been in the gym and basically just working more in the weight room on my explosiveness and touch around the basket, hook shots and stuff like that. I've been shooting a lot of jumpers, making sure I make 300 a night. I'm just trying to prepare."
Okay, that's fine and dandy, but is anyone even remotely excited about the idea of Kendrick becoming MORE involved in our offense next year? Is there any amount of work Perkins can do that could realistically make him a good offensive player for us? With the likely improvements of Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka, and increased roles with Jackson and Lamb, and, do we have any room for Perkins to become more involved? These are questions that need to be asked.
And hell, almost every OKC fan is fine and contempt with Perkins not being an offensive threat, it's just that they want less of the dumbass tough guy schtick and more production in important big man areas. This essentially means that they want more rebounds, less personal fouls, less turnovers, and better defense. Whenever I see that Perkins is working on his offensive game I just envision one of those moments where he sits there for 10 seconds while being left wide open and finally decides to step into his ugly jumper just so we can watch the ball clank off of the rim.
Meanwhile, Hasheem Thabeet is entering his 2nd year with OKC and could be the better option for us at this point. Thabeet gives us a center who can be a good rim protector for us when Serge is on the bench, he can give us more rebounds than Perk, and he seems to have a better understanding of what his role needs to be for us. (less offensive involvement, more blocks, rebounds, and hustle plays, all while limiting mistakes.) Keep in mind, I am NOT acting like Thabeet is a stud center in any way, shape, or form. I am just saying that at this point he is the lesser of two evils when matched up against Perkins.
I'm interested to see what everyone else's thoughts are on this issue.