In an official NBA article, Michael C. Wright wrote about the Oklahoma City Thunder and their biggest question mark heading into the offseason.
Wright notes this could be the turning point in the Thunder’s rebuild after selecting Chet Holmgren as the No. 2 pick.
“Sam Presti keeps asking for patience to build a roster positioned for long-term success. It looks like the Thunder are on the precipice after selecting three lottery picks in Chet Holmgren (No. 2), Ousmane Dieng ( 11) and Jalen Williams (12) to go with a young core led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and Lu Dort. OKC mustered several assets in recent years to get here and missed the playoffs two straight years, finishing 24 -58 in 2021-22 after garnering 10 playoff berths in 11 seasons Gilgeous-Alexander’s deal jackpot kicks off this season, and he finally has a talented supporting cast to make a serious playoff run . It is time.”
While the Thunder clearly improved on Thursday night, the team likely still has a rebuilding season before they begin to seriously settle for the playoffs again.