In new Thunder offense, centers' assists increase
A grin took over Thunder center Nerlens Noel’s face when he was asked about the best part of OKC’s new offense.
“The most fun is just being able to be involved,” he said after practice Friday, “just in that pick-and-roll, just handing it off even. It keeps the big man engaged, especially. And it keeps the energy up, keeps your mind right.”
The Thunder’s ball-movement focused offense this year gives its centers more facilitating responsibility, or as Noel put it, “quarterbacking the gym.” The results have shown up in the assists column. Noel, averaging 1.4 assists per game, in on track to more than double last season’s assist numbers. Starting center Steven Adams, averaging two assists per game, is on pace to set a career high average.
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