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Worst of OKC: Worst Thunder Player

Now that college football is back, very few of you probably care, but the NBA is in a state of labor stoppage. League owners, especially Thunder ownership, is pushing their commissioner, David Stern, to break the Player’s Union. Keep in mind, they have no desire to see the Union dissolve (I discussed this at length on DailyThunder.com), they just want to make the Union their bitch.

Since organized labor generally frowns upon accepting collective bargaining proposals that simply say “Suck it” the owners locked them out. As a result, we may not get to watch any Thunder basketball this year, which kind of sucks since the team was on the verge of an NBA title just a few months ago.

That said, someone has to be blamed for why they didn’t actually win the title, and that’s what we ask you after the break.

Byron Mullens

Thunder GM Sam Presti is generally considered a genius in the world of NBA front office management. Unfortunately, that mental acuity has not made him immune to the sport’s cancer. Everyone believes that the simple genetic trait of being seven feet tall automatically makes a person a future hall of famer.

Presti actually traded up to get Mullens who is a seven footer who wants to play on the perimeter despite an inability to shoot. Now, Mullens has cashed two seasons worth of NBA paychecks and very little time wearing an NBA uniform. That is not because he was hurt, he just sucked so much that he was sent to the D-League or on the inactive list.

If Mullens had measured at 6’11” at the combine, he would be unemployed right now.

Cole Aldrich

Aldrich isn’t even seven feet tall, unless you count the measurement at the combine where he apparently wore three inch lifts, but Presti traded two first round picks and ate a large contract to get him. The idea was that Cole was the most NBA ready center in the 2010 draft and that he would be the missing link that would protect the paint and propel the team to become a perennial title contender.

After about two weeks, he was shipped off to Tulsa and played maybe two more games the rest of the season. His failure to actually be NBA ready led to the team acquiring…

Kendrick Perkins

Most people, me included, like to focus on the good that Kendrick Perkins brings to the table. His arrival single handedly transformed the team’s defensive intensity and his attitude helped the Thunder shed their reputation of being soft.

On the other hand, he demonstrated some low basketball IQ during the playoffs, tried to catch passes with hands made out of something harder than admantium, and could not make a basket if he was by himself under the basket.

Russell Westbrook

I hate that I have to be the guy to defend Russell Westbrook. Anyone who has read my early thoughts on Russ knows I used to be his most vocal critic. Then, he was a catalyst in getting the team to the Western Conference Finals, and I gave up even wanting him to be a traditional point guard while the rest of the world seems to have adopted my horrible philosophy.

Kevin Durant

As Spencer pointed out a couple of weeks ago, if you put the name Kevin Durant on one of our polls, he wins. So this is more of an experiment to see if it’s a moth to a flame type of thing to vote for KD, because anyone who has followed him this Summer knows he is not only the best player on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but very likely the best basketball player in the universe.

Also, there are probably a few people who will vote for him because they hate the picture above.

Worst of OKC: Worst Thunder Player

  • Byron Mullens (60%, 463 Votes)
  • Cole Aldrich (21%, 162 Votes)
  • Kevin Durant (9%, 72 Votes)
  • Kendrick Perkins (7%, 52 Votes)
  • Russell Westbrook (4%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 774

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  1. Anyone who votes for westbrook is a fucking tool. LOL @ KD on this poll. I mean, I guess he is a longhorn after all haha. Man, Mullens is an egotistical waste of an NBA player. He thinks his shit doesn’t stink. Too busy to talk to fans. Playing xBox takes up all Mullens time, not like he’s seeing the court any time soon.

  2. Mullins and Aldrich don’t count, because they aren’t actually Thunder “players”. If you want to call them the worst Thunder bench sitters, that’s the category where they belong.

    For my money, Perkins is the winner here. It was a bad acquisition from the start and he has shown his true colors in the playoffs and the off season.

    Where is Tyson Chandler? Oh year, he wasn’t physcially fit according to the horse doctor who examined him for the Thunder, yet they took damaged goods in Perkins?

    That’s why there is an NBA trophy in Dallas and not OKC.

  3. How is Nate Robinson not even nominated? When considering his contract he is by far the worst player on the team.

    Mullens and Aldrich still have potential.

  4. Perkins was never 100% healthy this past season. He’s going to be a major piece next season, 12-13. The best player in the whole Perkins/Green trade is going to wind up being that Clippers pick.

  5. Lets preemptively vote Durant since we will all despise him when he abandons us after his contract is up. (Not a bitter Clevelander, I just have no faith.)

    • you… do realize he already signed an extension with us, right?

      like, he chose to sign one. no weird NBA draft rules where you have to sign another deal with the team that drafted you or whatever. he willingly signed a 5 year extension.

  6. The worst player performances were Mullens and Robinson. The worst total actual impact on the team was Green.

    The Thunder plan the last two years really didn’t have any place for Mullens at all. The same for White and Aldrich. The lack of playing time is as much about Presti as them. They were mainly picked to be insurance policies at least in the short term. Mullens might be a bad pick but can’t say for sure until he gets enough NBA run or fails out of the league.

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