The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the sleeping giants in the NBA as they have a stable of high-upside young players led by a superstar guard in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
The Thunder were in the thick of the playoff race during the 2022-23 season but lost in the Play-In Tournament to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Although missing the postseason stings, Oklahoma City is set up well for the future and could very well make another playoff push when the 2023-24 season kicks off.
While having so many assets and young players on the roster is an enviable position to be in, it also comes with it’s drawbacks.
The Thunder came into the offseason over the limit for signed players under contract and have had to make cuts the past month.
Their most recent cut was Usman Garuba who expressed his displeasure with the move via NBA Central.
“I’ll prove everyone wrong. Mark my words,” Garuba said.
Usman Garuba sends a message after being cut by the OKC Thunder
“I’ll prove everyone wrong. Mark my words.”’ pic.twitter.com/EBqm0pfSr3
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) August 21, 2023
A former first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Garuba is an interesting prospect because of his defensive prowess and awareness,
Although not much of a scorer or shooter from anywhere on the floor, the Spain native could be a valuable low-cost addition to a team who is in search of defense or depth in the front court.
Because of his draft pedigree, Garuba should be getting several looks from teams around the league as they look to fill out the backend of their rosters.
Garuba should find a landing spot in the next few weeks and it will be interesting to see who scoops him up.NEXT: Video Shows Chet Holmgren Dominating In Star-Studded Pickup Game