This article is part of our Charlie's NBAngle series.
(No, no he isn't. Please, no waiver claims on either of them.)
The high-profile injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are trouble enough. But those are compounded by the fact that most of their supporting cast – Anthony Morrow, Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, Andre Roberson – have missed significant time as well. Heck, the fact that Perry Jones limped off the court in Toronto this week caused a minor panic.
Perry freakin' Jones.
In fairness, Jones has been excellent thus far, and assuming he's healthy, both he and Jackson should be excellent plays for the next month or so. Durant and Westbrook should both return in early-to-mid December. Even in the brutal Western Conference, a rough first month shouldn't prevent the Thunder from returning to the playoffs. (And won't it be entertaining if they wind up as a six or seven seed?)
That said, I can't help wondering if the Oklahoma City team we're watching this week – one relying heavily on Jones and Sebastian Telfair – is a preview of things to come. Durant has two more seasons left on his deal, and several teams – including his hometown Washington Wizards – are courting him fairly shamelessly. If Durant bolts, will Westbrook and Serge Ibaka – both of whom are scheduled to hit free agency in