During the past two games, Scott Brooks has made a subtle change to his crunchtime lineup.
Against both the Kings and Blazers, for stretches of the fourth quarter, Brooks has surrounded his three franchise centerpieces — Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka — with his two emerging young guns — Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb.
It's a dynamic and intriguing lineup, where youth and versatility reign. All are under 25. All are plus athletes. And all can hit you with something different and useful on the offensive end.
“You got two of the most athletic point guards in the league, one of the most athletic bigs in the league, Jeremy is smooth and athletic as well,” Kevin Durant said, before pausing for a sudden realization: “And then I'm the least out of the bunch athletic-wise.”
A scary thought for opposing teams, especially considering the entire bunch is expected to remain and grow with the franchise long-term.
But so far, that vast potential hasn't translated...