Versatility: Explore Potential Thunder Alignments
Young and rebuilding teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder typically don’t find consistency in their night-to-night rosters. What fans can expect though is a lot of player burns that this organization is keen to develop. Coincidentally, it’s almost the entire squad since the Thunder have the youngest roster in the league.
This means a wide gap and a lot of creativity in these queues. Alexej Pokusevski to the leader? Sure! Darius Bazely in the center? Why not! Mike Muscala at the guard post? Certainly not!
The thing to look for in those queues that will often be the hardest to find is game making.
Josh giddey could emerge quickly this season as the Thunder’s top playmaker, which says a lot about Giddey’s natural passing ability and vision, but provides context on the potential chasm between second and third best point guard. game of this team.
When Shai Gilgeous-Alexandre, incredible goalscorer and not quite incredible passer and Giddey are seated, who will be the head coach Marc Daigneault be in charge of playmaker tasks? If you follow that of Sam Presti roster decisions since the start of the rebuild, finding a “leading playmaker” may not be in the cards. Presti has built this list full of guys who can do most things on the pitch, including passing.
Being able to pass and being able to make plays for your teammates are different though. Coaching staff will look for players who can be the bridge between teams’ generally high basketball IQ and scoring a bucket.
Guys are expected to like Ty Jerome and Theo Maledon will spend time as main guards when the starting backcourt is on the bench, but be careful on nights when Pokusevski is essentially playing the playmaker in a reserve role. Maybe that’s why he’s leaving the bench this season.
Number one, it gives Darius Bazely a chance to start in what is a proving year for him, and number two, it allows Pokusevski to be himself with the Thunder bench. The three steps back, back passes and euro-steps are what the Thunder should continue to encourage Pokusevski to do. Build confidence and learn from the mistakes he will inevitably make.
The Thunder will likely continue to push the guys on their team into roles they wouldn’t expect. That’s how they’ll get the most out of this young and developing team, and that’s what will become second nature as this team reaches the playoffs again.
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