OKC Thunder 2016-17 NBA Training Camp Roster Rankings

October 5th, 2016 by Vytis Lasaitis Leave a reply »
The Oklahoma City Thunder are entering a new, scary era, one without the certainty of title contention. Even though the roster isn't entirely bereft of talent, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka are gone—and so are the (realistic) championship aspirations.

Oklahoma City will instead go through a competitive rebuilding stage, and there are few players better to build around than Russell Westbrook. Even though making the playoffs could prove to be a tough challenge, the Thunder will still have the best star on the court most nights.

The Thunder's core is young and intriguing, and Durant's departure brings a fresh wave of questions: Can Steven Adams develop into an All-Star center? Will Westbrook's presence allow Victor Oladipo to reach his ceiling? Just how good can rookie Domantas Sabonis be? How does the offense survive when Westbrook's on the bench?

Head coach Billy Donovan has plenty of experimenting to do. Figuring out a rotation that already has some glaring weaknesses on the wing won't be easy, and the Thunder still have to settle who will make the cut on this new-look roster.

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