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Thunder Fans Are Preparing For Another Season Of Tanking

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announces a pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.
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Fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder are truly cursing last weekend’s pro-am game.

That’s because it was there that rookie phenom Chet Holmgren injured himself.

While some people were optimistic about the injury at first, it ended up being far more severe than initially assumed and now Holmgren is out for all of his rookie season.

That means 2022-23, which was supposed to be the season of Holmgren, will now be without him.

But one fan is looking at the silver lining: with Holmgren out for the season, the team’s chances of tanking and securing a number one draft pick next year are high.

As JustOKChatter put it, “Victor Wembanyama, here we come.”

So, will Holmgren’s absence actually help OKC in the long run?

 

Destiny In The Draft

The Wembanyama mentioned in that tweet is a young basketball star from France who seems like next year’s number one draft selection.

He’s tall and absurdly skinny but fast and incredibly talented.

When people talk about “unicorns” in basketball, they are speaking about Wembanyama.

Holmgren was supposed to help turn the Thunder around, especially after a disastrous last season.

But now that he’s out, things will pretty much stay the same.

Therefore, the team will likely sit towards the bottom of the Western Conference standings and their chances of a high draft pick are much bigger.

So, they could do very well at the 2023 NBA Draft.

But that’s cold comfort for fans who wanted to win now.

There are many OKC supporters who are sick and tired of waiting for the team to get great young players and then convert their talent into wins.

They have been waiting for a long time now and they wanted to be moving forward, not backward.

Sadly, the waiting will continue.




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