The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway. The Oklahoma City Thunder have a monopoly on first-round picks. Sam Presti is the Billy Idol of GMs because just when you think he’s had enough, he wants more, more, more picks. So the Thunder lost coach Billy Donovan and clearly weren’t in any condition to compete, so Presti did what he does best: Tank.
OKC traded away Chris Paul, which netted Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre. Both were dealt in separate trades, then Steven Adams and Dennis Schroder went out the door. So the Thunder are looking to position themselves for the No. 1 pick in 2021 while maintaining cap flexibility and plenty of assets for the future. Here we’re going to take a look at the Thunder offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.
Al Horford, PF/C (trade)
George Hill, G (trade)
Chris Paul, PG (trade)
Ricky Rubio, PG (trade)
Kelly Oubre Jr., G/F (trade)
Steven Adams, C (trade)
Danny Green, G (trade)
Dennis Schroder, G (trade)
Title odds: +20000
Win percentage: O/U 34.5+
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander MIP odds: +1500
PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, George Hill, Frank Jackson
SG: Hamidou Diallo, George Hill, Luguentz Dort
SF: Luguentz Dort, Justin Jackson, Trevor Ariza
PF: Darius Bazley, Trevor Ariza, Al Horford
C: Al Horford, Mike Muscala, Vincent Poirier
Starting G/F: Luguentz Dort vs. Hamidou Diallo vs. Trevor Ariza
Darius Bazley — The Thunder are going to give a lot of younger players a good, long look this season. We know Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has the makings of an All-Star. We know Luguentz Dort has the potential to turn into a decent 3-and-D starter. Bazley showed flashes in the NBA bubble, scoring 20+ points in three of eight games. If I’m in a keeper/dynasty format, I’m definitely marking off Bazley on my cheat sheet.
Al Horford — A lot of people will point to Horford as a potential sleeper pick given the Thunder have nobody else at center. That may be true, but Horford also looked pretty washed last season with the Sixers. It won’t matter what his contract is or how much playing time he gets if he just isn’t that good anymore. OKC doesn’t figure to score many points per game this season. I don’t see Horford having a path to providing much consistent fantasy value.