Help Has Arrived In OKC
We’ve seen the Oklahoma City Thunder go a full season without Kevin Durant. The Thunder were good enough to earn the 6th seed in the Western Conference, before falling to the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. Russell Westbrook was phenomenal the whole year, while racking up a MVP Award.
There was a glaring issue with OKC’s personnel. The roster was built around Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, not just Westbrook.
Now that it’s been one full year without Durant, OKC can build a team around Westbrook that is more suited to compete amongst the top teams in the NBA.
Indiana Pacers star, Paul George made his intentions known to Indiana that he would leave the franchise after the 2017–2018 season. That forced Indiana to look to trade George. Boston had offered numerous trades scenarios in hopes to acquire George but Indiana didn’t bite.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, on the afternoon of June 30th, there was a deal agreed upon to send Paul George to the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the last minute Pacers General Manager, Kevin Pritchard, backed out of the deal.
That night Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It was a total heist from the Thunder, as they cleared some cap space and received a star to pair alongside the reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook.
There’s been questions as to how the duo will co-exist. However, there’s one thing that can’t be debated. Russell Westbrook has help.
The Thunder also made some moves in free agency signing Patrick Patterson, Raymond Felton, and re-signing, lockdown defender, Andre Roberson.
Thunder rookie, Terrance Ferguson, should be able to make some type of impact with the bench unit. He’s a lengthy, high flying player, with a deadly shot from outside the arc. He’ll fit in well with other reserves, such as Enes Kanter, Jerami Grant, and Doug McDermott.
I predict the Thunder will struggle early in the year, as they’ll be trying to build chemistry and continuity. I think towards December they’ll started to get more comfortable and settled in. For me, I have the Thunder as a top 4 team in the Western Conference.
OKC’s Front Office has done a great job attempting to reconstruct the team since Kevin Durant’s departure. Now it’s time to see the results on the court.