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An early September look at the Oklahoma City Thunder

Looking forward to their fall training camp in a few weeks, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be among the top teams in the National Basketball Association.
Beginning year eleven on Reno Street, Russell Westbrook and his second year All-Star running mate Paul George will head a strong and veteran squad that will hope to hang with the two-time defending Champs Golden State Warriors, last year’s Western Conference regular season best Houston Rockets, and the tough Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and the new kid on the block, the Philadelphia 76ers.  OKC is in great company with the afore mentioned teams and hope to bring a second Western Conference Title and a first NBA Finals Championship to this part of the South Plains.



Head Coach Billy Donavan will have two super stars on the roster in Westbrook and George. Becoming best friends during last season, these two will spearhead a high powered offense and a sturdy defense.  Steven Adams is back at one post slot, giving OKC a banger, offensive rebounder, and a ever improving offensive player.  Andre Roberson will be back sometime around Christmas after suffering a season ending knee injury in the second half of 2018.  Jerami Grant, Patrick Patterson, Dennis Schroder, Nerlens Noel, Timothe  Luwawu-Cabarrot, Alex Abrines, Raymond Felton, and Terrance Ferguson are all in the mix to be rotation players among the bench this season.  Another player or two currently on the roster could move up into a minutes man.


Starting-line up projection for opening day:
Rotation:  Schroder, Grant, Abrines, Noel, Luwawu-Cabarrot, Felton


This is going to be one of the best seasons in OKC history if this team gets off to a great start.  Look for the Thunder to have an excellent record through the first two months as the schedule will be easier than what come up in December and the rest of the season.


Projected wins: 54



Photo: Clutchpoints.com



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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

2 Responses to “An early September look at the Oklahoma City Thunder”

  1. tony taylor
    September 8, 2018 at 4:22 am

    not saying you wont be correct however grant was getting the bulk of the playing time at the 4 during playoffs i would have thought we would have him back to take that spot. billy also had abrines at the 2 more than t ferg have you seen something this summer that makes you believe thats going to change? burton and diallo have been looking good all summer thought maybe they should have gotten a mention

    • September 8, 2018 at 11:15 am

      I think Patterson will start and Grant will be a key off the bench and in crunch time. as for Burton and Diallo, in time, they could see important minutes.

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