MVP Kevin Durant has led the Oklahoma City Thunder from a little-known team who were cool in Seattle to a well-known and highly regarded playoff contender in the Western Conference. During this surge to fame, Durant has paired with another MVP candidate and several time All-Star Russell Westbrook and other key contributors such as Serge Ibaka or James Harden.
However, after those talented players, Durant has to lead some inferior talents. Durant’s skill set is universally acknowledged to be phenomenal by the professional basketball community and sports media, but not all of his teammates have necessarily helped spurn the team to key Conference and Title games. In fact, many of Durant’s teammates have underperformed and not lived up to their potential or hype. His standout performances every year never cease to amaze his followers, making his underperforming teammates that much unbearable to play with.
Durant, like Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are in a similar position, as they too have grown used to playing with teammates who are not on their level. Durant stands alone, however, in that he is regarded as one of the League’s stars on par with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant during his prime years, making his lackluster teammates’ performances seem entirely unfair to Durant who deserves teammates who are on his level. The following lists in descending order the teammates of Kevin Durant’s whose made marginal contributions to the Thunder and stand out as underperformers.
15 Chucky Atkins
Retired NBA Point Guard Chucky Atkins played eighteen games with the Thunder during the 2008-09 season and maintained a miraculously low shooting percentage of less than 30% and a PPG of 3.7. Though, he didn't start any games while with OKC, those numbers definitely didn't light the city on fire and put more pressure on KD to score points. He would move on to the Pisons after a year off from the league and wasn't much better there.
14 Kendrick Perkins
Current New Orleans Pelican Center Kendrick Perkins may have played a key role in helping the 2008 Boston Celtics defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, but his contributions to the 2011-12 Thunder were not worthy of much exaltation. He shot an average 58.4% from the free throw line in OKC, despite reaching the line often during his time there. Despite starting 225 games over five seasons, Perkins only averaged 4.2 PPG and 5.9 RPG, with his number shrinking in the playoffs, where he averaged 3.8 PPG and 5.5 RPG.
13 Mouhamed Sene
The 10th overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft did give KD much help in the frontcourt. One of the bigger busts in Thunder/Sonics history, Sene only managed 26 games with the franchise over three years, where he averaged a paltry 2.2 PPG and 1.6 RPG. Given his gargantuan size, he's seven feet tall, his amount of rebounds per game becomes laughable. Sene definitely didn't help Durant and the Thunder transition to life in Oaklahoma City.
12 Robert Swift
Center Robert Swift may stand a towering seven feet tall, but he didn't use that size to do another of note in the NBA. Drafted 12th overall by the SuperSonics, Swift never panned out in the league for a variety of reasons, and the Thunder should be grateful that Durant didn't pick up any of his bad habits when they played together in Seattle and Oklahoma City. He only averaged 4.3 points per game with the franchise, which KD could likely handle over five minutes.
11 Etan Thomas
While famous for his uniqueness as a published poet and author to The Huffington Post, his contributions to Durant’s ’09-’10 Thunder was not impressive. In twenty-three games and one start, he averaged a sad 3.3 points per game and shot below 50% from inside the three-point line and free-throw line. On top of that, his assists, blocks and steals were barely noticeable, as he couldn't average over 1 in any of those categories. OKC quickly moved on from Etan Thomas at the center position and he was out of the league a year later.
10 Kyle Weaver
In 2008, Weaver had 68 total appearances with the Thunder and 4.9 points per game, which obviously wasn't enough to keep him around. It's not as if he offered much else on the floor, as he only managed 1.6 APG and 0.5 SPG. Although his free throw shooting performance was a respectable 71.9%, his field goal shooting was a poor 44.8%, which surely caused Durant some frustration when Durant was performing so well. Now in Puerto Rico, Weaver spends his time shooting hoops with an offshoot of the NBA and probably does not look back on his time with the Thunder with much satisfaction.
9 D.J. White
Although only in his early twenties and a high school standout, White did not impress when he played for the Thunder during his time there. His field goal percentage was 50.7%, which was a disappointment. Compounded with this, he did not outmuscle the opposition in gathering rebounds. His blocks, assists and steals numbers were close to null. White did not have a significant impact on their offensive production and was quickly moved after two and a half years. D.J. White last played with the Bobcats in 2013/14,
8 Steven Hill
The Thunder were so unimpressed with Steven Hill that they waived him after a single game. In that game, he took one shot, but he did have a perfect field goal percentage, giving him a grand total of two points for his NBA career. One might speculate whether Durant remembers playing on the same team as Hill, given his brief appearance and the front office’s decision to remove him from the roster rather quickly. Here's the funny part though, as the only reason he played was because Durant took a game off and he really didn't manage to impress.
7 Kevin Ollie
Presently a coach, one would seriously wonder how great his coaching skills are given his performance with Durant’s Thunder over twenty five games, averaging 1.8 PPG and phantom rebounds, blocks, steals and assists. His free throw shooting percentage was perfect, but his field goal percentage was 40%. The Thunder chose to part ways with Ollie given his lack of offensive or defensive contributions to the Thunder and he didn't get another shot in the NBA.
6 Royal Ivey
Ivey played parts of three seasons with Durant in Oklahoma City, but he offered very little to the team. A point guard, Iver only managed 0.3 APG in 61 games with the team. Maybe hw was a shooting point guard? Well no, as he only managed 1.8 PPG and had no points in his two games with the team in 2013/14. Obviously that's not good and it was last stop in the NBA.
5 Andre Roberson
Though still under contract with the Thunder, Andre Roberson hasn't had much of an impact since being drafted in the first round back in 2013. He's averaged 3.5 PPG in 167 games and 141 starts, while his free throw shooting percentage is way too low at 47.1%. It's entirely possible that Roberson will be let go after this season, as the Thunder will need to improve their starting backcourt to compete with the Spurs and Warriors. There's no way that starting Andre Roberson with Westbrook will allow that.
4 Hasheem Thabeet
Standing at a towering 7’3” did not make Hasheem Thabeet a valuable player in the league. Durant could not rely on Thabeet while he was in OKC, as he scored just 2,1 points per game and had only 2.6 rebounds per game. A huge draft bust for the Memphis Grizzlies, who drafted him second overall in 2009, Thabeet didn't have much more luck in Oklahoma City, where he spent two seasons and only managed four starts in 89 games. After their experiment with the Tanzanian center ended, Thabeet couldn't find another team to take a chance on him.
3 Byron Mullens
Although Byron Mullens was considered a top prospect in high school by several rankings and was drafted in the first round by the Thunder, his 26 games played for the Thunder with Durant were forgettable. He averaged 1.5 PPG, shot an abysmal 34% and couldn't average more than 1.3 RPG despite a height advantage of seven feet and promising reviews from basketball scouts.
2 Cole Aldrich
Now a key contributor to the Los Angeles Clippers, Cole Aldrich was originally drafted 11th overall by the Hornets and traded to OKC along with the next entry on this list. Although he's developed into a solid player in LA, the only notable moment in Aldrich's Oklahoma City career was being part of the trade that sent James Harden to Houston. Over 44 games with the team, Aldrich only averaged 1.7 PPG along with 1.9 RPG, which is simply not good enough for a first round draft pick.
1 Morris Peterson
A fan favorite in Toronto, Mo Pete went to Oklahoma City at the end of his career in the aforementioned trade with Cole Aldrich. In his one season with the Thunder, he only played four games, where he averaged just 1 PPG point. Not very memorable. Halfway through the year, he and D.J. White, another entry on our list, were moved to Charlotte for Nazr Mohammed, who offered the team some solid minutes from the bench.