|Position||Name||Number||Height||Weight||Date of Birth||School|
|Guard||Abrines, Alex||8||1,98 m||86 kg||03.08.1993||Spain|
|Guard||Diallo, Hamidou||22||1,96 m||90 kg||31.07.1998||Kentucky|
|Guard||Felton, Raymond||2||1,85 m||93 kg||26.06.1984||North Carolina|
|Guard||Ferguson, Terrance||23||2,01 m||83 kg||17.05.1998||Advanced Prep International|
|Guard||Robertson, Andre||21||2,01 m||95 kg||04.12.1991||Colorado|
|Guard||Schröder, Dennis||17||1,85 m||78 kg||15.09.1993||Germany|
|Guard||Westbrook, Russell||0||1,91 m||91 kg||12.11.1988||UCLA|
|Guard/Forward||Burton, Deonte||30||1,96 m||113 kg||31.01.1994||Iowa State|
|Guard/Forward||Luwawu-Cabarrot, Timothe||7||1,98 m||91 kg||09.05.1995||France|
|Forward||George, Paul||13||2,06 m||100 kg||02.05.1990||Fresno State|
|Forward||Grant, Jerami||9||2,06 m||100 kg||12.03.1994||Syracuse|
|Forward||Hervey, Kevin||37||2,03 m||96 kg||09.07.1996||Texas-Arlington|
|Forward||Nadel, Abdel||28||1,98 m||104 kg||25.09.1993||Iowa State|
|Forward||Patterson, Patrick||54||2,06 m||104 kg||14.03.1989||Kentucky|
|Center||Adams, Steven||12||2,13 m||116 kg||20.07.1993||Pittsburgh|
|Center||Davis, Tyler||34||2,08 m||121 kg||22.05.1997||Texas A&M|
|Center||Noel, Nerlens||3||2,11 m||100 kg||10.04.1994||Kentucky|
After the failed experiment with Melo last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder make another run at the championship. Ex-Hawk point guard Dennis Schröder is now on board, PG13 is back in the fold and Russell Westbrook is still a one man offensive wrecking crew. But is that enough to compete in the Western Conference?
Even the most optimistic Thunder fans have their doubts. The team from Oklahoma is strong at positions 1 through 3, but under the basket there is no one who can do any real damage. Center Steven Adams is trying hard and will get some offensive rebounds and putbacks, but that's about it. You can't bank on him to give you reliable offense from the post. The offense – like last year – will consist of perimeter play action, drives and Westbrook's individual kamikaze.
Paul George, who signed his contract with OKC this summer surprisingly fast and without even talking to another team, will be the X-factor. He largely played in Westbrook's shadow and settled for spot-up shots when Russ was double teamed. This can't happen this season otherwise it's a first round playoff exit again.
Dennis Schröder in Oklahoma City. For many fans this trade did not make any sense. Do the Thunder not have a pretty good point guard already? Yes, the Thunder now have a PG tandem.
Does that mean Schröder will be coming off the bench? Not necessarily. There are many possible scenarios. Depending on the match-up, Paul George may move to the small forward position, Westbrook to shooting guard and Dennis takes point. In this situation the Thunder would be a true fastbreak monster with three sprinters who can push the ball.
For Schröder the involvement with the Thunder is not only an opportunity to go deep into the playoffs, but also to learn from one of the best players in the league. In addition Westbrook has never had a real point guard at his side allowing him to play off-ball, which would make the Thunder much more difficult to defend. The solo efforts of Brodie have been spectacular in the past but have been wildly ineffective in terms of team success.
Head coach Billy Donovan has already announced he wants his team to play fast this season. This comes as a surprise to no one. The Thunder lack the required size and low-post talent to play halfcourt basketball.
Undoubtedly Russell Westbrook is still one of the top 5 players in the league, who can put his mark on a game like few players can. Unfortunately, he also tends to go rogue at times. Questionable shot selection and hero-basketball have cost the Thunder more than a few Ws last year.
Dennis Schröder would be able to give the team more structure but Westbrook needs to let him. That's the thing. Ultimately, success in OKC depends on whether Westbrook learns to give up the ball and some responsibility.
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