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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 10:08 am  |  39 responses

Serge Ibaka’s Deal Worth Up to $51.5 Million


Serge Ibaka’s four-year extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder could total $51.5 million when including incentives. The base salary, as originally reported, is $49 million, but Ibaka would earn an additional $2.5 million for achievements that include NBA Defensive Player of the Year and/or remaining a member of the League’s All-Defensive first team. Via NewsOK.com: “Ibaka finished second to New York’s Tyson Chandler for Defensive Player of the Year last season. He also was named to the All-Defensive first team after leading the league in blocked shots (3.65 per game) with 107 more than his closest competitior in a lockout-shortened 66-game season. The deadline to sign a rookie extension is Oct. 31. After that, Harden and Maynor will become restricted free agents and free to be courted by other teams next summer. In order for Harden and Maynor to remain in OKC, the Thunder would have to match whatever offers are extended to the two players.”

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  • ThaWindy

    Slow news day.

  • RunNGun

    Durant was supposed to go hard at him. Ibaka was supposed to go hard at him and he let him through. Eh, Skip, what does a zone defense do?

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Overrated and overpaid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @ caboose, it’s relative, when looks at the contracts of giys like mcgee, deandre jordan, brooks lopez, chris humphries and so on, this deal is not that bad. he could’ve waited until next summer when some gm would have thrown the max at him. so this is actually some what of a bargain for okc considering what the market looks like.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    True, but I think McGee and Lopez are exceptionally better than Serge. DeAndre is crazy overpaid and Humphries was meant to be a bargaining chip. I just don’t get the fascination with Ibaka; he blocks shots but that’s it.

  • SiMoney

    @Caboose, I get where your coming from, but he is an exceptional shot blocker, and has a decent mid-range shot…but I do think hes overpaid, he doesnt even average a double-double

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    The only thing he needs to do to EARN that money is pull down more boards. Dude should be a beast on the boards. Take some notes from K-Love and Dwight and dominate those boards big guy.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    The guy is only 22 he’s still learning the game. I think he’ll be fine and cosign Lake he just needs to up his rpg.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Boards and one on one defense on the block. He’s one of the league’s best help defenders but he has trouble against good power forwards.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    True Caboose, still though he is far above average on 1 on 1 defense also. He just isn’t nearly as good as people like to give his credit for in terms of overall defense.
    BUT
    I don’t think people realize this, he played the exact amount of time last year as he did the season before and he upped his blocks from 2.4 to 3.7.
    He plays only 27 minutes a game. If he can earn his full starter mins at 35,36 or so he is averaging 10 boards, 5 blocks, and 12 points.
    12-10-5 is a 50 million over 4 years player.
    Who last blocked 5 times a game over a season? Sh*t. Mark Eaton??
    So yeah, dude is worth the money.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    True Lake, but you know I hate applying to per 36 minutes. He’s an exceptional shot blocker, I’ll give him that. I want one more year to prove its not luck though. There’s a huge trend nowadays for shot blockers to always dip in production as opponents avoid driving in. We’ll see. He could play up to his contract, but he’s definitely not worth it right now.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Amen to that Caboose. I think his 1 on 1 defense is poor because he tries to block everything in sight. He lacks the thought process that sometimes just keeping a man in front of you is the better solution as opposed to trying to block every shot. But like I said he’s only 22 so that will come with age and maturity.

  • LA Huey

    Today’s NBA is too smart to let a dude average that many blocks, Lake. As your reputation as a shot blocker grows, your opportunities to do it shrink. There’s no statistic we record that measures how many shot you alter or nip in the bud.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Huey, I think the league leaders in “altered shots” would be:
    Dwight
    Serge
    Chandler
    DeAndre
    McGee
    Duncan
    Hibbert
    Garnett

  • LA Huey

    Yeah, I definitely think Dwight leads in altered shots and he’s aware of his presence’s impact. He uses that to his advantage. Serge doesn’t quite get that yet. He doesn’t use his reputation as a tool like the best defenders in the league do.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    He might get there. But I just have a theory that most players on that OKC team are overrated…the Spurs are the opposite.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    I think Bynum alters more shots than anyone but Dwight. Serge gets all those blocks because he is über athletic and can come out of nowhere. He’s not changing nearly as many shots as his blocks would indicate. And his one on one defense is slightly above average. A lot of guys, specifically the ones who use pump fakes and hesitation well, abused Ibaka.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Ah forgot Bynum. I think he alters a lot, but not more than someone like Tyson Chandler (my opinion). Serge is just really overrated as a defenfer, blocks notwithstanding. Heck, Bismack was in the top 10 in blocks last year, was he a good defender?

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    My bad, second nbk was me.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The thing about Bynum is, he alters shots from 8 feet away because of his length. Tyson covers more ground, and alters more shots off of the pick and roll, but as far as my mind tally works, Bynum altering almost every shot taken in the key when he’s there accounts for more. I really wish it was a stat though, it would be the most useful bigman defensive stat in existence if someone tallied it up with some semblance of consistency and logic.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Since when is Bynum longer than Tyson? And I agree, that stat would revolutionize how we see post defenders.

  • MUBWAR

    serge is so overrated in d it ain’t even funny. Did y’all watch the Finals? He couldn’t lbj at the 4 positions and struggled to cover Bosh’s shots at the 5.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    .Bynum is way longer than Tyson.
    .Bynum is 7’1-1/2″ without shoes on.
    .Chandler is 6’11″
    .Bynum has a 9’6″ standing reach
    .Chandler has a 9’2″ standing reach

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Huh. Always thought Tyson was one of the longest in the league. Where’s that 9’6 for Bynum coming from? All I can find is 9’4. But regardless, you’re spot on then regarding their defensive abilities.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “Since when is Bynum longer than Tyson?”
    “Bynum is way longer than Tyson.”

    Not to be childish and puerile, but come on now guys.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’ve seen 9’4″ and 9’6″ – i just went with 9’6″ because i assumed that was his measurement with shoes, as i saw 9’2″ and 9’0″ for Tyson.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    but it’s hard to say for sure cuz Bynum apparently didn’t attend pre-draft camp. + him and Tyson both grew, at least in terms of height, since they were drafted.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Eh, factor in vertical and they’re about the same. But yeah, Bynum’s girth in the lane is similar to Tyson’s footspeed and closing out. In terms of altered shots, it probably comes down to preference.

  • http://slamonline.com KDub503

    So KD and Russ get max deals; Ibaka gets 49 mil; what are they gonna pay Harden? He’s the 3rd best guy on that team. I have no clue where all this OKC money is coming from.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah no doubt boose

  • LA Huey

    The idea going around is that the Thunder will pay Harden his money and fill out the rest of the roster with cats on rookie deals or veteran minimums like the Heat. However, taking discount to play in Miami is much different from playing for less in OKC.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I still see Harden signing a max-qualifying offer somewhere and essentially handicapping the Thunder. If Harden gets a max, it would be a mistake for OKC to match.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Either Harden signs an extension during this season for less than market value or he is a phoenix sun next year. that’s pretty much how i see this shaking out.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Cosign.

  • LA Huey

    They could still amnesty Perkins but they also need to see how effective he would be in a potential matchup with Dwight.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Huey, much better than Ibaka would. Dwight has historically killed Ibaka/Collison. It’ll be interesting to see how OKC unfolds…I would say moving Westbrook for young, less expensive talent (at PG and C) and keeping Harden would work best….

  • Tyquez

    They should get delonta west if harden leave are Kevin martin

  • https://twitter.com/iamriber riber

    if the let Harden go this summer then they should trade him by the trade deadline(like they did to Green) – - Audition Perry Jones first if he is capable to be the leader of the bench team. if yes, I suggest do this trade:

    Kings: Get 2013 Suns 1st Round pick(protected)
    Thunder: Jimmer Fredette + 2014 Suns 1st round pick(protected)
    Suns: James Harden

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Jimmer Freddette? Lol that’s funny.

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