There’s ‘our’ Chris Paul above from last season. Of course…he’ll probably be the league MVP this season as the Phoenix Suns at 46-18 along with the Utah Jazz are two of the NBA feel good stories.
In retrospect…I think Shai and Lu are every bit as good at the guard slots as Devin Booker and the rest of the Suns backcourt players. Shai can score the ball and Lu can defend…so I might even say the Thunder had more to offer. So in retrospect…what Sam Presti could have done was use the draft capital of Steven and Dennis to acquire a functional big to go along with Mike Muscala and Isiah Roby and the Thunder would be an interesting basketball team this season.
Presti would have freed himself of Galinari, Steven, and Schoeder’s salaries and not even taken on the salary of the sitting Big Al Horford who’s been getting more quality time with his new baby than most American fathers ever get.
I know it’s hindsight, but my goodness. Chris Paul if he wins the MVP will become the fourth former Thunder player now on another team. I don’t know if this is what Clay and the ownership group envisioned when they took Seattle’s team and moved it to Trump Country USA.
Namely—the Thunder are pretty much like our AAA baseball LA Dodgers. A really good developmental franchise which develops players and then disperses them throughout the NBA to other cities.
Kind of sad when you really think it through. So what if the Thunder somehow land Cade? Will it just be Presti’s job to develope Cade to the point where he can become the fifth former Thunder player to win the MVP?
The Thunder play the Kings tonight. OKC is a collective 1-17 in their last eighteen games. The lone win was the Miracle on Wood in Boston where despite Darius Bazely trying to throw the game in the last ninety seconds with some dubious laydown turnovers…the Thunder held on to win.
Seven games left. I honestly don’t know what to write except Sam Presti has a lot of draft picks to develop players for other cities in the NBA.