Enes Kanter must start!

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Now that Al Horford has announced that he's signing with the Celtics, the Thunder need to focus on the development of Kanter. While he has a long way to go on the defensive end, Kanter is already one of the most efficient scorers in the NBA and, for his age, ranks among the most efficient big men of all time. This might seem surprising, but check out the numbers below.

Since 1946-47, Enes Kanter is one of fourteen centers to post a PER of 24.0 or greater before the age of 24. All 8 of the retired players are in the Hall of Fame, and the guys on this list are among the best of all time.
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If Harden had returned to OKC in 2012-13, most fans would have argued that he belonged in the starting lineup. This was, in large part, due to his excellent scoring efficiency, as measured by Player Efficiency Rating. Harden posted a 21.1 PER in his final season with the Thunder, which was the highest in the NBA that season for any bench player.

By posting a PER of 24.0 this past season, Kanter far exceeded the efficiency of Harden's 2011-12 season or any other bench player in the entire history of the OKC Thunder.*
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In fact, Kanter posted the highest PER ever recorded (since 1946-47) for a player who appeared in at least 60 games but started fewer than 20^. As you see below, the list of bench players with a PER exceeding 20.0 includes some Hall of Famers (McHale, Sabonis) and some other great players (Harden, Ginobili, Drummond, Michael Redd, Isaiah Thomas, Jamison, Kirilenko, Kukoc, Lou Williams, etc.)
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Kanter's defense will improve with experience, and remember, he never played college ball and is still learning some aspects of the game. However, due to his high field goal percentage, the frequency and accuracy of his free throw shooting, and his extraordinary knack on the offensive and defensive glass, he has proven that he is deserving of being in the OKC starting lineup alongside Westbrook, Oladipo, KD (#fingers-crossed), and Adams.

*Due to their terrible PER values this past season, I won't be disappointed if Dion Waiters leaves in free agency, and I hope that Presti if he can find a way to dump Singler.
^The list is identical whether ≤20 or ≤30 games started is specified. The list came from here.
 

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The linup of Westbrook-Oladipo-Durant-Kanter-Adams would be the best overall starting 5 in the game its not even close.
We can only dream...:(

Now it's probably Westbrook-Oladipo-Roberson-Kanter-Adams.

Kanter immediately becomes the 2nd leading scorer and could have a 20 pts / 12 rebound season. (He averaged 21.7 pts and 13.9 rebounds per 36 minutes last season.)

Only 7 players have had such numbers since 2000 (Cousins, Love, Dwight Howard, Zach Randolph, Boozer, Garnett, Duncan)
 

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We can only dream...:(

Now it's probably Westbrook-Oladipo-Roberson-Kanter-Adams.

Kanter immediately becomes the 2nd leading scorer and could have a 20 pts / 12 rebound season. (He averaged 21.7 pts and 13.9 rebounds per 36 minutes last season.)

Only 7 players have had such numbers since 2000 (Cousins, Love, Dwight Howard, Zach Randolph, Boozer, Garnett, Duncan)
Russ is gonna go Oscar all over their asses next year. 30ppg / 12rpg / 10apg.
 
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Russ is gonna go Oscar all over their asses next year. 30ppg / 12rpg / 10apg.
Unless he agrees to extend his contract he won't be in a Thunder uni. Good luck extending him before the cap explodes in 2017. He's gone.