How much will Morris Peterson help the Oklahoma City Thunder this season?

Posted: October 21, 2010 by Patrick Hayes in Professional

Flint’s Morris Peterson was excited about his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder, mainly because for the first time in his career he’ll get the chance to play for a title contender.

But he’s also going to a team that’s loaded on the perimeter with MVP candidate Kevin Durant and promising young players like James Harden, Jeff Green and Thabo Sefalosha all vying for minutes. Peterson got an extended look in a recent preseason game and OKC coach Scott Brooks was happy with the performance:

He played 26 minutes against CSKA Moscow during Thursday night’s 97-89 victory at the Ford Center, finishing with nine points and making 4 of 5 shots from the field.

“I wanted to get a good look at Mo,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “I thought he came in and did some good things.”

Peterson does have some question marks. Two years ago in New Orleans, he missed significant time due to injury. Last season, he struggled shooting in the first half and temporarily lost his spot in the Hornets rotation before earning his way back in with stronger play later in the season. But if Peterson can knock down shots and defend, he’s going to be an asset to the Thunder since the Western Conference has so much talent on the perimeter.

— Patrick Hayes

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