The biggest of questions were just recently answered: “will Russell Westbrook stay or go following next season?” With his options still open, rumors were spiraling saying that the Thunder were looking to trade Russ to get something in return instead of him leaving for nothing in the 2017 offseason. However, with Presti adamantly saying that Russ is not on the trading block and with Westbrook signing an extension, the future looks good (at least a lot better than it did a few weeks ago).
Next season, Billy Donovan, will face the issue of creating the best possible starting five to lead this young and up-and-coming team to greatness.
Point Guard: Russell Westbrook
Duh. For the past few years, after the repeated injuries and repeated cold shooting games of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook has been the face of the Thunder. He has already proven himself to his team and fans, now is his time to show the rest of the NBA just how good he can be without Durant.
Shooting Guard: Victor Oladipo
Victor exemplifies the youth and athleticism of this lineup. His ability to guard any position from PG to SF. in addition to his offensive ability of attacking the hoop makes him the versatile threat the Thunder have needed at the two guard spot for the past few years.
Small Forward: Andre Roberson
Although he is undersized for the small forward position, Roberson more than makes up for it on the defensive end. Throughout the previous season, Andre consistently guarded the biggest offensive threat of the opposing team. He is, however, the weak link on this lineup because of the lack of offensive power. Roberson shot only 31 percent from deep last year and has been notorious for passing up open looks in favor of a contested jumper by Russ or KD.
Power Forward: Enes Kanter
The big man duo that destroyed opposing front-courts in the postseason is what Donovan should turn to next season. Kanter, the offensive half of the Stache Brothers, proves a real headache for opposing power forwards as Kanter is nearly seven feet tall and has some of the best low post moves in the league.
Center: Steven Adams
The man. The myth. The legend. Adams serves as the defensive anchor of the team and is crucial to the Thunder’s success or failure. If, within the next year, Adams were able to develop an offense presence in addition to his amazing offensive rebounding capabilities, then the Kiwi will develop into one of the best big men in the league.
With the aforementioned starting combination in addition to one of the deepest benches in the league, including the newly acquired Domantas Sabonis, the Thunder should be able to reach even the highest of expectations. Thanks to the Westbrook extension, OKC will be a team to deal with from not only the next year, but also for many more to come.