As the longest-tenured OKC player, Hamidou Diallo has helped bridge the Thunder Eras. He has experienced the Russ and Paul George duo season, and last year’s team lead by Chris Paul. Through it all, the one constant has been Diallo running the fastbreak and hammering down vicious dunks. With a roster featuring many new faces, it’s been nice for Thunder fans to have a familiar guy on the team.
Heading into this season, Hamidou Diallo was best known for stellar athleticism and highlight dunks, having won the Slam Dunk Contest his rookie year. While his career up to this point has been uneven, with some exciting highs, and some mystifying lows, Diallo is having a breakout year so far this season. Having raised his stat totals across the board, particularly in the scoring and rebounding areas, Hami has been an absolute force off the bench for the Thunder. On OKC’s just-concluded road trip, (the team went 4-1), Diallo had back-to-back 20+ scoring nights for the first time ever, completely showing out in his return to New York. Add in improved defense and physicality, Hami has been quite impressive.
Diallo has been a clear standout of the season so far for the Thunder. He is clearly playing the best ball of his career, demonstrating improvement across the board in all facets of his game, and is operating with supreme confidence. In the past, injuries and inconsistency were the biggest things keeping Diallo from steady playing time and reaching his full potential. But this year, Diallo has brought the heart and swagger each and every night, willing the Thunder bench with his presence on the court. While the season is still young, Hamidou Diallo has made a clear case that he belongs as part of the young Thunder core.