Serge Ibaka has made his presence known throughout the NBA. A good defender around the rim, an excellent on-ball defender, and can even hit the three-pointer we found out last season. Should Serge focus on being more of a three point shooter, or continue his dominance defensively around the rim?
There is not a definitive answer here. Serge will not be a player who decides to abandon his game within the paint. He is considered a post-hook specialist who can score points around the rim easily due to his size and his strength. Serge has a money shot that is basically automatic from the top of the key as well. Last season he shot 51 percent from within the three-point line, but this was his career worst shooting percentage within the three. Previous seasons ranged from 54 percent and his career high came in the 2012-2013 season where he shot 59 percent inside the arc.
There is no question here, Serge is a dynamic play maker in the paint, but last season showed he is another guy we can see work off the pick and roll and get open for an Thunder money ball. Another guy to worry on the court to shoot the three ball besides Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant can expose a defense mightily.
Serge Ibaka as a three-point shooter shot 37 percent from the field. He is statistically the third best three point shooter on the team behind Kevin Durant and Anthony Morrow. Ibaka proved last season defenses have to be on their toes when it comes to this Thunder team or they will get killed from everywhere on the court.
Ibaka will be a threat on the court. A healthy balance between being a three-point shooter and a dynamic offensive player within the three-point line will be key this season as we look at how Billy Donovan and his assistants can use each player to their strengths.