Thunder Notebook: Week 9

First Half Wrapping Up

Prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 NBA Season, the League decided to release the schedule in halves, instead of the traditional full schedule. This was done to maintain flexibility in the case of postponed games due to the current pandemic. The schedule makers have been proven quite wise, as there have been over twenty games postponed due to Covid-19. With an 11-17 record, OKC is currently tied with the Houston Rockets for the 6th spot in the lottery. The Thunder currently have eight games remaining from their first-half schedule, with an additional game needing to be rescheduled due to the Pandemic, (Thunder @ Houston Rockets). It will be interesting to see what the second half schedule looks like for OKC when it is announced.

SGA All Star Standing

As of February 19, 2021, SGA has not been selected for the All-Star Game. He has been performing at a career-best this season, and statistically speaking, has a rock-solid case to make the game as a reserve. All-Star selections are not all about statistics, however, as seniority in the league, and reputation play a large part in being selected. With the Head Coaches choosing the reserves, this may hurt SGA’s case for being selected. Does he deserve to be an All-Star? Absolutely. Will he be one? Probably not this year, but he’s really close. Next year, he will likely punch through and make the game.  

Trade Deadline Looms

With the 2020-2021 Season being a rebuilding year for the Thunder, it makes sense for them to capitalize on the upcoming trade deadline, (March 25th), and receive some assets for veteran players. Al Horford, George Hill, Trevor Ariza, and Mike Muscala are all logical trade candidates, with each player possessing the skills and attributes that a contender would value. Horford’s contract makes him unlikely to be dealt at the deadline, but a team may be desperate for a sure upgrade, and be willing to take on his years and guaranteed salary. George Hill is the most likely to be dealt at the deadline, as he has a very team-friendly deal, and would be a good fit on every team. Muscala would definitely help teams with his marksmanship, but the Thunder may choose to keep him around for the same reason, as well as his valuable locker room presence with the team and as a mentor for this young team.

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