Fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder were really excited for the upcoming season.
It’s true that the team had one of the worst records in the league last year but they also have a group of young men who are ready to prove their worth and shock the world.
Josh Giddey, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, and Tre Mann are just some of the promising stars who are eager to push the team forward.
Plus, they now have Chet Holmgren, one of the most exciting rookies.
OKC has the hardest schedule + the youngest roster in the NBA.
Team will be better regardless of record. SGA-Chet-Giddey-Dort + JDub, Mann, Dieng, etc, is a great core.
But it’s hard for even talented young teams to win.
NBA tossing OKC an assist in the Wembanyama sweepstakes. https://t.co/PKWBEfeKJI
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) August 18, 2022
However, the Thunder were just dealt a very rough hand.
Their upcoming NBA schedule for the 2022-23 season isn’t easy.
In fact, the analytics suggest the Thunder have the hardest schedule out of any team.
Brandon Rahbar thinks this difficulty could actually help them in the long run.
Noting that “it’s hard for even talented young teams to win,” Rahbar said the NBA is “tossing OKC an assist in the Wembanyama sweepstakes.”
Better Luck Next Year?
The Wembanyama that Rahbar is referencing is Victor Wembanyama, the seven-foot-three French player who will definitely be a huge part of next year’s draft.
He’s something very special and his combination of size and speed suggests he will likely be the number one pick.
Therefore, even if the Thunder aren’t able to get it together this year, their future might still be bright because they have a better chance at Wembanyama.
Still, the guys on the Thunder roster aren’t going to go easy on their opponents in order to get a better position in the draft.
They have a lot of faith in themselves and they are going to leave it all on the court this year, no matter their eventual winning record.NEXT: NBA Insider Reveals An Intriguing Thunder Addition