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OKC loud links: Tuesday roundup

With enough games in the books to start evaluating off season improvement, we look at how the Thunder have improved (and regressed) over last season.

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Today's links look at the Thunder's growth over last year, what Mike D'Antoni's hiring means to the Thunder, and Russell Westbrook birthday.

Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: New Lakers coach no biggie to Thunder | News OK

Darnell Mayberry looks at what the hiring of Mike D'Antoni means for the Thunder, and the Thunder's celebration of Russell Westbrook's 24th birthday.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins tries to get himself going by picking a fight | News OK

Perkins is known for his ugly growl looks on the court. This article reveals how he motivates himself before each game.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Dissecting the Thunder's turnover troubles | News OK

The Thunder lead the NBA in turnovers last year with 16 per game, this season, they're averaging over 18.

K-Mart is no blue light special; Thunder gets nothing but quality play out of newcomer | News OK

The Thunder were +25 with Kevin Martin on the floor against the Cavs on Sunday.

Ibaka shows why Thunder valued him at $48 million | Sheridan Hoops

Jeremy Bauman write about Serge Ibaka's massive improvement this year, showing the Thunder made the right choice to keep him over Harden.

The Fundamentals: Durant grows his game and the Thunder grow accordingly | SI.com

Rob Mahoney does an excellent piece looking at Durant's growth as a player over the past few years.

Kevin Durant becoming a do-it-all microbe | HoopSpeak

A nice little add-on to SI's look at Durant.