Originally Posted by Scully
The most interesting thing about this is if you do move Westbrooke to the 2 you get him way better looks in the half court. If he is coming off a screen he will get so many open looks both going in to the paint and popping for 12-18 footers. And you get the ball out of his hands when you need a calm response. The only way I see this team moving to the next level is through the 1 spot. It doesn't even need to be any one that great, first and foremost a proper facilitator and if he can shoot 28%-30% from three all the better. I they wouldn't even need to give up one of their big three. You could get somebody who fits the bill by packaging Thabo and Nate and you still have Maynor as back up.
Bringing in a new PG, if he is a starter, could be problematic. It's probably in OKC's best interests to start Harden next year. If you bring in a new PG and move Westbrook to the 2 spot, then what do you do with Harden? Are you going to play Harden at the 3 and Durant at the 4? That's too small of a lineup. So, if they bring in a new PG, I suppose that means Harden plays fewer minutes for another season. In the short term, that might not be too big of a deal, I guess. But at some point, at least, Harden will need to start, and when he does, OKC will be faced with the problem of where to play these guys.
Whatever OKC decides to do next year, they better spend considerable time thinking about the implications so that they avoid messing with things too much and risk taking a small step backwards.