Sam Presti sure deserves plenty of credit for what he’s done for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Then, he drew plenty of criticism for trading Harden and holding on to Ibaka, but the Thunder remained in contention.
And now, he’s gathered a historical arsenal of draft picks as well as a legit franchise player in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and the early returns are more than encouraging.
That’s why an OKC Thunder fan account pointed out that their rebuild is going better than the Houston Rockets’, and it would be tough to disagree with it.
Thunder rebuild > Rockets rebuild and it’s not even close pic.twitter.com/qFNRMByes1
— Chet Holmgren stan (@chethomgrenszn) January 18, 2023
All that while second-overall pick Chet Holmgren is out with a foot injury.
Nonetheless, the Thunder are already contending for a playoff spot, whereas the Rockets are still a ways away from it.
More than that, the Thunder still have a whopping 38 draft picks in coming years (19 first-round picks and 19 second-round picks), so they could still add more young talent or trade for a superstar.
Yeah, they definitely won this round.