The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the further surprising brigades in the NBA with a 34-36 record, presently sitting a half a game out of the Western Conference Play event, and a game and a half out of the 9th seed in the West which would forcefully plant themselves in the NBA Play in’s for the time being.
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This Thunder platoon has been delightful to watch, cover, and be around. Their recent success has sparked a lot further interest in the association, and rightfully so. Everyone wants to know the secret to success for the OKC Thunder this time, but their secret isn’t well kept.
They’re just playing to the identity they’ve outlined to anyone who’ll hear since the day Sam Presti named Mark Daigneault the new head trainer. The Oklahoma City Thunder are inching near the NBA Playoffs despite the adversity they’ve faced this season
How has Mark Daigneault pulled this off?
By playing to the identity he has sermonized since his introductory press conference The Oklahoma City Thunder are well ahead of schedule.
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They’ve only been rebuilding two times, and their stylish draft pick since the rebuild began( Chet Holmgren) is out for the season along with fellow lottery pick Ousmane Dieng seeing extended time on the shelf, and they’ve played their stylish basketball despite navigating a lack of center’s as Jeremiah Robinson- Earl and Aleksej Pokusevski have been out for weeks.
While numerous prognosticated the Thunder to be right in the thick of the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes with indeed the Athletic prognosticating the OKC Thunder to win only 20 games( a mark they’ve formerly reached), they’ve reversed course and look like a play-in platoon. When Sam Presti named the mysterious man Mark Daigneault as the ballot’s coming head trainer, really knew how to feel.
Bruce Springsteen was enough attractive, and formerly had the plan to reshape this franchise during the rebuild process with General Manager Sam Presti. The two talked about the Oklahoma City Thunder fastening on position less basketball, versatility, every player on the bottom being a playmaker, being commutable on defence, and pushing the tempo offensively to keep defences on their heels.
The Thunder have always had a largely rated defence for the piece on the canon the last two seasons, and this time you’re seeing that come to life in a big way with the Thunder ranking top ten in protective standing this season. Now, the offence is coming around as well.
With the addition of Jalen Williams, Josh Giddey coming into his own, and Shai Gilgeous- Alexander playing at an MVP position, the Oklahoma City Thunder have taken what has been a poor offence ranking 29th and 30th the last two seasons in obnoxious standing, all the way up to the top this season as they are the 3rd best offensive team in the league.
Oklahoma’s City Thunder the best offense in the NBA
Over the last 11 games, the Oklahoma City Thunder leads the NBA in points per game, turning in 122.2 points per contest dating back to December 23rd. This recent obnoxious success has been a simple formula.
The OKC Thunder are pushing the pace ranking third in the NBA in pace, only behind the Golden State soldiers and Los Angeles Lakers. The Thunder offence leads the NBA in drives(65.3 per game) as well as passes per drive at 26.4, tied for first in protective loose balls recovered(3.0), and is a top half of the league platoon in points per possession on cuts.
When brigades can decelerate down Oklahoma City and make them play in the half-court, they’re electric in the pick-and-roll ( scoring 0.896 in such a setting according to the community) given the success of their guards Shai Gilgeous- Alexander and Josh Giddey. The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to continue their hot band on the obnoxious end to congratulate their excellent defence which community ranks in the 90th percentile.
There are a lot of reasons to be auspicious about the future of this franchise, especially with the rearmost trends on the obnoxious end, videlicet the unicorn Chet Holmgren returning to the fold coming season as a big man that can space the bottom, score at all three situations, cover the makeup, and rebound. All affect this current replication of the platoon lacks.
Anyhow of if this franchise finishes in the playoffs or not, the future under head trainer Mark Daigneault is veritably bright and his plan is coming together in Bricktown. Rising Stars Jalen Williams And Josh Giddey Emerge As Stabilizing Brace For Thunder Just when the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season was trending towards the lottery with five-straight losses shortly after the break.
Oklahoma City Thunder is turning out to be a youthful franchise in the history of the NBA has turned effects back around. Oklahoma City has now won five of its last six contests and is forcefully back in the play-in picture.
The primary reason for this positive shift is due to Shai Gilgeous- Alexander coming back into the lineup, but indeed also the franchise has been forced to play without him in certain situations. Due to working his way back from an abdominal injury, part of his injury operation program the rest of the season isn’t playing in both games of a back-to-reverse.
Over the once week, the Thunder played in a brace of back-to-tails, meaning Gilgeous- Alexander had to miss two contests. OKC was suitable to resolve those two games, with the one loss being the only one for the Thunder since early March.
Unless commodity changes, this injury operation protocol likely remains in place the rest of the way, which means Gilgeous- Alexander will miss at least two of Oklahoma City’s final 14 games since there are two back-to-tails left this season. When the franchise’s stylish player is in and out of the lineup, it’s hard to make thickness and durability within the canon.
Josh Giddey & Jalen Williams key to Oklahoma City Thunders playoff chances
With that in mind, Jalen Williams and Josh Giddey have been suitable to stabilize the youthful Thunder during this recent stretch of success.
Over the once six games in which Oklahoma City Thunder has gone 5- 1, Giddey has equaled 17.2 points,8.8 assists, and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 47.1 from deep. He’s the ultimate facilitator that can play a variety of places on any given night depending on who he’s playing alongside.
Meanwhile, Williams has produced 22.5 points,5.5 boards,5.3 assists, and 2.3 steals while shooting 60.7 from the bottom, including 54.5 from beyond the bow. Doing it on both ends, the novitiate has surfaced as one of the stylish players in his class.
These two will be huge for the Thunder moving forward as the platoon continues to push for the play-heft. Whether it’s being complimentary pieces when Gilgeous- Alexander is on the bottom, or primary playmakers when he’s not, they’re both protean and suitable to make effects be. With 14 games remaining, Oklahoma City is 34-36 which is tied for the ninth-stylish record in the Western Conference.
One thing to cover the rest of the way is the home and road performance. Given they’re a youthful platoon, the Thunder have plodded on the road this season, going 13- 20. Meanwhile, they’re 20- 15 at Paycom Center therefore far. Eight of their last 14 contests will be down from Oklahoma City, including a four-game road trip on the West Coast. There are only two directions this season could go for the Thunder.
On one hand, they could continue to shock the league and have much further success than anticipated and make the play heft. On the wise side, Oklahoma City Thunder could struggle down the stretch and earn top 10 lottery odds. In either script, this youthful platoon will have the chance to take the league by storm coming season with the position the Thunder are in.