The Oklahoma City Thunder is scheduled for rotation ripple.
The Thunder picked up four rookies, including three top 12 picks, so the organization plans to shuffle the deck in rotation. After the dismissal of forward Isaiah Robbie in July, the franchise has retained its standard 18-man roster, which is three more than the league’s maximum quota. With two of his Exhibit-10 additional duos, he holds his 22-man roster over 20, which is currently the largest number in training his camp.
A roster turnover for the Oklahoma City Thunder is a given for the 2022-23 season. However, their tip-off time helps them show their off-season finished product.
throughout the week Inside the Thunderassessing what I imagine will be the Thunder’s opening rotation for the regular season.
Future articles on this topic will list Josh Guiddy as the shooting guard based on the franchise’s starting lineup during the 2021-22 season.
Additionally, these minutes are based solely on my predictions for the Thunder’s Day One rotation. As introduced a few years ago, the franchise changed rotation times based on performance and injuries. Although changes are expected, these minute allocations do not take into account potential injuries or future rotation adjustments.
Here’s a breakdown of the Thunder’s projected point guard rotation:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – 35 minutes
The Oklahoma City Thunder have found a future pillar in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Since he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2019 offseason, Gilgeous his Alexander has grown from a Swiss sidekick to the Thunder’s offensive lock.
As the league leaders for the past two seasons, Oklahoma City has adjusted play to the 24-year-old’s basketball offensive talent. Gilgeous-Alexander takes center stage on the half court, mostly highballs as he makes his way through the screen and into the basket, inside his attempts or kicking out his pass to the perimeter.
The Thunder have new talent in their backcourt, but for growth, especially to start the regular season, it wouldn’t be wise to lose minutes from the Gilgeous-Alexander star.
In three seasons (161 games) with the Thunder, Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 34.5 minutes played. Last season, the guard appeared in 56 games, posting 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
Gilgeous-Alexander will retain his role as minute leader for the 2022-23 season. His elite slashing abilities combined with his 6-foot-6 frame make him a versatile star in the franchise.
Tre Man – 22 minutes
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Based on his back end last season, it’s reasonable to suggest that Tre Man is scoring in the mid to high 20s. However, due to potential lineup combinations in the backcourt, Mann’s fractional output will likely start in his late 20s to start the regular season.
Mann is the quintessential microwave scorer for the Thunder. As the presumed sixth man in the rotation, his ability to score from range both on-ball and off-ball makes him a versatile piece to pair with either Gilgeous Alexander or Josh Guiddy. , his ability to create plays alone allows him to take over the game, resulting in more minute totals.
Mann climbed the ranks last season averaging 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 22.8 minutes played.
Theo Maledon – Inactive / Fringe Roster
Theo Maledon will be one of several guards vying for a spot on the roster in general, as well as an opportunity in the rotation.
As a rookie and the Thunder’s minute leader, Maredon lost his foothold in the rotation, slipping out of the active rotation and joining a stint at the Oklahoma City Blue mid-season. After injury, Maledon was reinstated as his piece on the bench, averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his last 10 games with the organization.
Maledon remains an NBA-class prospect. At 21, some of his initial brilliance has worn off, but with his smart pick-and-roll decisions and a flurry of off-ball success, he may still have gas in the tank. is fixed as a player with
Ty Jerome – Inactive / Fringe Roster
Ty Jerome joins Maledon in the category of players who have yet to earn a roster spot.
Jerome showed great promise in his first season with the Thunder. After his ankle injury and his month-long stint in the Blue that followed, Jerome was his best off-ball piece, averaging 10.7 points over 42.3% distance.
Last season, Jerome dropped out of deep range, dropping to 29.0% output on threes. His year was cut short by injury, but he was rather inconsistent in his running.
Jerome is very much in the roster race because his resume of sharp shooting ability coupled with his elite decision-making ability on the half court gives him some definite positives. The biggest hurdle is impending free agency, especially his $6.2 million qualifying offer looming over the summer.
Next time, we will analyze the minutes of the shooting guard.
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