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Who will be the Thunder’s next preseason standout?

Photo Credits: Nic Antaya/NBAE via Getty Images With preseason play opening on Monday, basketball season is back. But before the regular season, the Thunder will embark on a four-game preseason from October 4 – October 14. For most fans, watching the progression of fourth-year star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, or seeing the first moments of rookies JoshContinue reading “Who will be the Thunder’s next preseason standout?”

Should Oklahoma City make a play for John Wall?

Photo Credits: Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder have become the epicenter of rehabilitation projects. To open the 2019-20 season, the Thunder caused a ruckus acquiring Chris Paul and a flurry of picks in exchange for Russell Westbrook. A once considered untradeable contract, Thunder GM Sam Presti recuperated Paul’s value to the tuneContinue reading “Should Oklahoma City make a play for John Wall?”

Who should the Thunder protect in an expansion draft?

Photo Credits: Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images Across the Oklahoma City Thunder’s brief 13-year history, the franchise has yet to cross paths with league expansion. In fact, the last time the NBA held an expansion draft dates back to 2004, in which the Charlotte Bobcats locked themselves into a franchise. In an event that hadContinue reading “Who should the Thunder protect in an expansion draft?”

Should Josh Giddey start to begin the regular season?

Following last year’s regular-season campaign, the Thunder fanbase locked their crosshairs onto what the future could’ve beheld. For most, hitting it big on Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, or even Evan Mobley had been widely considered the “grand prize” of sorts — following the June NBA Draft Lottery, however, expectations were reduced. Oklahoma City would endContinue reading “Should Josh Giddey start to begin the regular season?”

Five games to watch for Oklahoma City’s upcoming season

Photo Credits: Alonzo Adams/USA Today Sports Throughout the 2020-21 season, NBA franchises were vigilant in reopening their arenas to the public. Month-by-month, week-by-week, and day-by-day, teams began to trickle fans back into their arenas for home games. By the end of the season, all but one team had reopened the gates, the one exception —Continue reading “Five games to watch for Oklahoma City’s upcoming season”

Cam Reddish expected to be “explored” in trade discussions — should the Thunder place an offer?

Photo Credits: Todd Kirkland/Getty Images As we near the final stretch before Thursday’s NBA Draft, discussions and rumors are expected to ramp up as time progresses. As reported on Sunday, it appears player movement is now on the menu, this time with Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish. As first reported by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, NBAContinue reading “Cam Reddish expected to be “explored” in trade discussions — should the Thunder place an offer?”

Which Draft Philosophy best suits the Thunder?

Photo Credits: Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images In every spectrum of the sports world, talent evaluation is of utmost priority. Whether it’s signing a premier player to an extension or working your magic at the trade deadline — all methods are exhausted for the sake of improving the roster. This hybrid of roster improvement andContinue reading “Which Draft Philosophy best suits the Thunder?”

Gameplan: How many picks should OKC make in the NBA Draft?

Photo Credits: Associated Press The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the 2021 NBA Draft on the top of the totem pole. With six selections, five of which landing in the top 36, Sam Presti will have an abundant amount of dice rolls in a highly-touted class. Presti’s track record of taking big swings in the draftContinue reading “Gameplan: How many picks should OKC make in the NBA Draft?”

Can the Thunder trade into the Top 4 picks?

Photo Credits: Sue Ugrocki/AP When Oklahoma City rolled snake eyes with picks 6 and 18 on lottery night, all of the attention turned to how they may be able to climb back up the board. As Thunder GM Sam Presti continues to navigate through every potential avenue for trade destinations — Oklahoma City will beContinue reading “Can the Thunder trade into the Top 4 picks?”

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””