After the Oklahoma City Thunder traded for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to form a big three of their own with Russell Westbrook, many believed they would be championship contenders. However, it has and will continue to take time to build chemistry as the Thunder have gotten off to an 8-11 start to the 2017-18 NBA season.
Following the 108-91 win over the Golden State Warriors, the Thunder were hoping to build momentum. Unfortunately, they have lost to the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks as George believes his teammates should be frustrated according to Fred Katz of Norman Transcript:
Paul George: “We should be frustrated. Absolutely. We are frustrated…We’re better than this.” pic.twitter.com/mxmR2FUZyF
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) November 26, 2017
With championship aspirations, there should be frustration in Oklahoma City considering the team's talent level. However, as all three All-Stars are used to being their team's first option, they need to establish clear-cut roles and make the proper adjustments.
Through nearly a quarter of the season, Westbrook was initially deferring to his two All-Star teammates but has since become more aggressive. After averaging 31.6 points on 24.0 shot attempts during the 2016-17 season, he is currently averaging 21.6 points on 18.9 shot attempts. The consensus is he needs to establish himself as the team's first option to give the Thunder the best chance of winning moving forward.