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Initial Impact: How does Kemba Walker tilt the Thunder rotation?

Photo Credits: Barry Chin/The Boston Globe The Oklahoma City Thunder shocked the league Friday morning in shipping out centers Al Horford, Moses Brown, and a second-round pick for Kemba Walker, pick no. 16, and a future second-round selection. On a surface level, the Thunder’s recent move helped offload a once untradeable piece in Horford forContinue reading “Initial Impact: How does Kemba Walker tilt the Thunder rotation?”

Jaylen Hoard is not your average “new kid on the block”

With Monday’s news of Jaylen Hoard receiving the Oklahoma City Thunder’s second-and-final two-way contract, fans and media alike have flocked to see tape on the newcomer. On the surface, Hoard slots right into your typical newcomer category. As a fresh-faced 22-year-old, Hoard has shown glimpses of potential handling the ball at 6-foot-8 while also contributingContinue reading “Jaylen Hoard is not your average “new kid on the block””

With Moses Brown being upgraded, who should take the Thunder’s two-way spot?

With center Moses Brown snagging a four-year $6.4 million deal on Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder have opened their roster for yet another two-way contract if they so choose. And given that the franchise has steered to fully examine their youth-filled roster, Sam Presti may not be done making moves. The NBA’s criteria on two-wayContinue reading “With Moses Brown being upgraded, who should take the Thunder’s two-way spot?”

With Delon Wright to Detriot, has Presti garnered leverage for George Hill?

Photo Credits: Coby Van Loan/OKC Thunder ESPN Senior Writer Adrian Wojnarowski broke the trade deadline first domino late Wednesday night, in a simple move that had no inkling on the Thunder — but it could made a difference. On surface, names in Delon Wright and Cory Joseph should have no impact on the Thunder’s featureContinue reading “With Delon Wright to Detriot, has Presti garnered leverage for George Hill?”

Three potential trade targets Presti could add to the rebuild, but should he?

Photo Credits: Rohan Ali/Los Angeles Lakers Sitting under 48 hours before the NBA’s trade deadline, no real movement has occurred in the market — that is set to change. With a plethora of buyers looking to dethrone the reigning champion Lakers for their taste of a Larry O’ Brien trophy, there will be a lotContinue reading “Three potential trade targets Presti could add to the rebuild, but should he?”

Sam Presti’s Superstore: Open For Business

Photo Credits: Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman With the March 25 rapidly approaching, prospective GM’s and franchises will be scrambling to acquire talent for an unequivocal playoff-push to hoist the Larry O’ Brien trophy. Having a wide array of prospective shoppers, sellers in the market will need to establish themselves for the profit to come in —Continue reading “Sam Presti’s Superstore: Open For Business”

The Thunder’s rotation is jammed, what should be expected?

Photo Credits: Brandon Dill/Getty Images Teeing off the season’s second-half commencement, the Oklahoma City are at crossroads at 15-21. Not only does their record provide wiggle room to strengthen their lottery odds (currently placed 9th), but also with the 11th easiest record, plunging ahead in the standings isn’t out of the equation. Questions aren’t justContinue reading “The Thunder’s rotation is jammed, what should be expected?”

Oklahoma City Thunder midseason awards: who snags MVP, MIP, and more

With a bumpy All-Star weekend coming to a close Sunday, the league now eagerly looks on to the second-half of the season — commencing this Wednesday. But before we jolt back to jam-packed schedules and trading rumors, let’s reflect back on the Thunder’s team award winners from the first half of play. Coach of theContinue reading “Oklahoma City Thunder midseason awards: who snags MVP, MIP, and more”

Moses Brown and Omer Yurtseven have dominated G-League play, are they NBA ready?

Development — it’s something every player strives to accomplish throughout their careers. This value cannot be stressed more than in the NBA G-League, where players make or break their careers tending to unruly schedules and conditions whilst near battling with teammates in search of the limelight. The Oklahoma City Blue have grinded out a plethoraContinue reading “Moses Brown and Omer Yurtseven have dominated G-League play, are they NBA ready?”

Flipping assets has been an integral part of Oklahoma City’s rebuild, can they profit more at the deadline?

Think of what Sam Presti has built the Oklahoma City Thunder up on today. Likely, you’re drawing up long-term pieces in Shai, Bazley, Dort, Poku, and Maledon — while looking at a sea of veterans in Horford, Hill, Muscala, and Ariza, but how about the 18 first-round selection over the next 7 years? How doesContinue reading “Flipping assets has been an integral part of Oklahoma City’s rebuild, can they profit more at the deadline?”