OKLAHOMA CITY – Steven Adams missed the Thunder’s game in Dallas on Friday night with a strained right elbow, suffered in pregame. But never fear. With a backup center like Enes Kanter, Billy Donovan’s move was clear. Into the starting lineup, Donovan just slipped in … Nick Collison.
That’s not just because Collison is quite the trusty hand. It’s also because Donovan knows a good thing when he sees it.
Kanter off the bench has been an absolute success for the Thunder. The $70 million man is a defensive liability, but Donovan has found ways to make it work with Kanter.
Kanter is playing more and more with either Adams or Serge Ibaka, so there’s usually a shot blocker behind Kanter.