Best duos in Oklahoma City Thunder history

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May 4, 2022
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Best duos in Oklahoma City Thunder history

NBA teams may put five players on the court, but oftentimes the magic really happens when two of them combine their superpowers to drive home victory upon victory. Game in and game out, they're like Batman and Robin or Han Solo and Chewbacca, a pair that scores big, defends hard, and makes fans cheer.

Throughout NBA history, we've had a basic understanding of how good players are by looking at their basic actions to see how much they contribute to the final score. From scoring baskets, throwing the perfect alley-oop, or blocking out the opponent to grab a rebound, we can make some determinations about excellence. However, the rise of analytics in sports has introduced a whole new level of stat-gathering, which gives a better understanding for just how phenomenally some basketball players work together.

Stacker compiled a list of the best duos in Oklahoma City Thunder history using data from Stathead. Along with basic statistics like points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks per game (that's PPG, RPG, APG, SPG, and BPG), statisticians now also track more advanced measures that allow for more accurate data-based ranking.

Box Plus/Minus (BPM) -- which was used to make the list below -- measures a player's effectiveness when he's on the court. A positive score indicates the number of points by which his team outperformed the opponent. A negative number shows how much better the opposing team did while he was playing. While useful, BPM is only available for seasons from 1974 on, hence the lack of more recent seasons on this list.

Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) looks at how much value a player adds to the team versus someone coming off the bench.

Player Efficiency Rating (PER) looks at a number of mostly offensive actions, both positive and negative, that a player does when he's on the court to measure how good they are on a minute-by-minute basis. The average score across the NBA is 15.00, which allows for year-over-year comparisons.

Win Shares (WS) looks at a player's actions during an entire game to determine how much he contributed to a team's win.

Read on to see how well the data-driven duos meet your expectations.

#5. 2013-14 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Kevin Durant: 10.2 BPM (#1 player in 2013-14)
- Serge Ibaka: 1.7 BPM (#46 player in 2013-14)
- Total: 11.9 BPM (#2 duo in 2013-14)

#4. 2018-19 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Paul George: 7.2 BPM (#5 player in 2018-19)
- Russell Westbrook: 5.2 BPM (#13 player in 2018-19)
- Total: 12.4 BPM (#3 duo in 2018-19)

#3. 2016-17 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Russell Westbrook: 11.1 BPM (#1 player in 2016-17)
- Enes Freedom: 1.7 BPM (#48 player in 2016-17)
- Total: 12.8 BPM (#4 duo in 2016-17)

#2. 2012-13 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Kevin Durant: 9.3 BPM (#2 player in 2012-13)
- Russell Westbrook: 4.4 BPM (#10 player in 2012-13)
- Total: 13.7 BPM (#2 duo in 2012-13)

#1. 2015-16 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Kevin Durant: 9.9 BPM (#2 player in 2015-16)
- Russell Westbrook: 7.8 BPM (#6 player in 2015-16)
- Total: 17.7 BPM (#1 duo in 2015-16)

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