Oklahoma City Thunder Depth Chart 2019 Thunder Depth Chart

37-20, 3rd in West Northwest

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2:30 am GMT, 2/23

The big 3 is now removed in Oklahoma City with the departure of Carmelo Anthony. The hype that was built around Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Anthony can now be removed in favor of limited attention. Anthony carried some dead weight in terms of contract and his numbers weren't reaching a point of team satisfaction. This reduction increases the output that is no requested of George and Westbrook, two players that are capable of living up to the hype. Their support system was also boosted thanks to the signing of Dennis Schroder and Nerlans Noel. Schroder is a point guard that has many of the tangibles that could be compared to a Reggie Jackson of old. He can also be slotted at the 2-guard position, allowing Russell Westbrook to keep a strong grip on the reigns. The Noel addition gives Steven Adams a well needed rest. The usage numbers that Adams was being forced into the past few seasons have been daunting and have reduced his effectiveness at position. This relief option may increase his overall effectiveness when he is on the court. The rest of the roster is built around role players that can find that second level of burst. A combination of young players and veteran leaders rounds out the bench pairings for the Thunder.

Offense Depth Chart

Shooting Guard SG
Small Forward SF
Power Forward PF
Center C
Small Forward SF
Center C
Power Forward PF
Shooting Guard SG

Top 3 Oklahoma City Thunder Depth Chart Questions

Q: Will Russell Westbrook have time to fully heal his injuries?

A: There was some minor injury concern surrounding Russell Westbrook heading into this season. While these injuries were minimal, they are nagging and could surmount to long-term problems. The team is taking his rehab assignments one day at a time and limiting his workload to favor a full recovery. This will open the door for Schroder to get some run in the first unit and may impress the coaching staff enough to rework their offensive sets to feature both Westbrook and Schroder upon return.

Q: Can Paul George emerge as a leader for this squad?

A: The duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook was a back and forth, in-squad battle for scoring titles, MVP claims, and All-Star considerations. The two worked effortlessly together and the organization believed the same could be said for a George and Westbrook combination. This pairing has been slowed on their chemistry build, but it has seen the light. An off-season of work and continued influence towards this shifting in practice could be all the team needs to bill this team around these two superstars.

Q: Where does the scoring come from on the bench?

A: Most of the bench talents are comprised of defensive specialists or younger guys. There is little standout in terms of name when it comes to scoring producers. Schroder will produce, but the team wants him to mold his game into a style that mimics a natural point guard mentality. Noel could be good for a double-double if given the minutes, but this remains to be seen. Terrance Ferguson could be a name to watch out for in 2018-19. The team drafted him relatively early a few seasons ago and he will have his opportunity for heavy run in this second unit.