Grading the OKC Thunder’s Summer Moves

Last Summer, the Thunder’s title hopes took a big hit when Durant decided to leave OKC for the Golden State Warriors. The Thunder ended up finishing the season as a 6th seed but ended up losing to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs in 5 games. After this season there were many issues that needed to be addressed.

One problem that needed to be addressed was getting Russell Westbrook some help. They surprised the whole league by trading for Paul George while giving up Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis and saving some money in the trade and finally getting Westbrook the superstar help he needed.

They needed to lock up Andre Roberson and they did just that resigning him to a 3 year, 30 million dollar deal. Roberson is a lock down defender but is a liability on offense, but definitely a player they needed to resign.

They needed to get a power forward after Taj Gibson decided to depart for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Thunder signed Patrick Patterson who is a great defender and three-point shooter. This signing will help the Thunder space the floor and help them improve their three point shooting.

Off the bench, the Thunder needed a point guard. They signed veteran point guard Raymond Felton to a one year deal. The Thunder were terrible last season when Westbrook went to the bench and this move will help the bench as they get a much needed back up point guard.

The Thunder sign Dakari Johnson from the OKC Blue (An NBA G League team). Last year he averaged 18.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and earned a first team All NBA G League team.

The Thunder signed Daniel Hamilton to a two-way deal. Last year he impressed OKC officials while averaging 14.9 PPG, 8 RPG, and 4.3 APG.

Bryce Alford was a camp signing made by the Thunder. Alford was a light out three point shooter at UCLA and a three point shooter is something the Thunder desperately need.

Grade the Summer Moves: A

GM Sam Presti made the right moves that the Thunder lacked. They got Westbrook a superstar, great three point shooters and a point guard of the bench. This Thunder team got way better after the offseason as they look to become one of the top teams in the West again.


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