The Thunder Report Card: Assets

The Thunder Report Card: Assets

Al Horford- Grade: B+


Al Horford was a great addition to Oklahoma City this season. After Chris Paul and Steven Adams were traded, the Thunder was lacking a veteran presence in the locker room. Mentoring players both on and off the court became Horford’s role.


“Al Horford makes you a better coach and he makes his teammates better players,” Mark Diagneault said. 


Horford’s skills down low were on full display and each center on the bench was soaking it all in. During the month of February, he averaged 16 points per game and five rebounds per game. Having a consistent presence in the paint adds versatility to the offense. Horford’s best game was against the Lakers in February where he shot 61 percent from the floor and finished with 25 points.


After the All-Star break, Horford decided to sit the remainder of the season out. He worked on his game during practice and continued to coach the young players on the roster. If the Thunder decide to trade Horford, they will receive a good return for this strong center.


Diagneault said,” I’m so grateful that the first true veteran All Star caliber player that I got to coach is Al Horford.”


Mike Muscala- Grade: B-


Like many other players on Oklahoma City’s roster, Mike Muscala’s game improved in a few areas. He doubled his shot attempts from last season and increased his efficiency from 41 percent to 45 percent from the floor. Muscala also improved his offensive production from scoring five points per game to 10 points per game.


 One of Muscala’s best performances was against San Antonio in the beginning of March. He shot 57 percent from behind the arc and finished with 18 points. Shortly after that matchup Muscala sat the remainder of the season so the Thunder could dedicate time to develop young players. 


“I appreciated their transparency as it came to that,” Muscala said.


After Muscala’s emotional exit interview, it’s safe to say he’s unsure of where he fits in the Thunder’s future. But a sharp shooter like him is a very beneficial player to have on any roster.


“Whatever happens this offseason, I’d love to be back,” Muscala said. “I’ll always be a Thunder fan and I’ll always pull for the Thunder.”


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