Everyone is aware by now that DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans was the biggest trade this pre-deadline NBA season, but that doesn’t mean other teams weren’t flipping and stacking like day traders. Atop the quiet transactions was the Oklahoma City Thunder, productively grabbing tough as nails power forward Taj Gibson and shooter Doug McDermott (the No. 11 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft), as well as a 2018 second-round draft pick, from the Chicago Bulls for Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne – an absolute steal to put it mildly. But how do New Zealand big man Steven Adams and his buddy Russell Westbrook think about their new family members?
Well, I’d say they’re both undoubtedly pumped, considering Gibson is a seasoned vet with a rock-solid approach at the four spot who provides serious toughness, veteran savvy and the opportunity to move rookie Domantas Sabonis to the bench. His strength and bruising nature will be the ultimate compliment to Steven Adams and his productively reckless ways. Despite being tossed aside for the likes of Carlos Boozer and Pau Gasol throughout his career, Gibson has never been a complainer. A true professional.
Mysterious and spooky could be one way to describe the potential of this improved squad, but I’d rather go with mean and physical. 13-foot-9 of pure brute force will be tough for any opposing front court to deal with. If only I was a Thunder fan, I’d be doing something along the lines of..