As with most teams, it takes time to integrate new players and the Oklahoma City Thunder are no different.
In their case, they added two All-Star calibre players in the form of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George who are used to being the number one options on their team.
But playing with MVP Russell Westbrook was inevitably going to force them to change their approach and share the load.
They have shown flashes of the things they can do together but they currently have a losing record after their second loss in less than a week to the Minnesota Timberwolves saw them drop to 2-3.
The chemistry between their new big three is still a work in progress and in the early stages of the season it's clear to see that Westbrook is looking to defer more to his new teammates to accommodate them.
But Anthony believes the only way the team can be successful is if Russ plays his natural game and has urged the superstar to allow himself and PG to adapt to him and follow his lead.
"We came here for you," Anthony said he told Westbrook. "We came here because we believe in what you can do and what you bring to the game, and we don't want you to stop doing that. We want you to be that player, we want you to be that person, and we'll fit in."
The OKC point guard has had multiple outings where he's notched 16 assists and actively looked to get his teammates involved but in recent games, he's led the team in shot attempts and been more aggressive in looking for his own offence.
"We'll do a great job of fitting in around him," Anthony said of Westbrook. "I think he's taken that advice, and as you see the last couple games, he's been playing like the Russ that you guys are used to."
It might take time before the team gets on the same page, but they’d rather have their share of difficulties now than later in the season.
With the amount of experience and talent between them, the trio should figure things out when it counts towards the end of the campaign and in the playoffs.
Thunder fans will have to accept the initial teething problems but they are sure to be entertained throughout the year with these stars on the floor together.News Now - Sport News