In the news: OKC Thunder alternate jerseys in-depth, Top 100 NBA appreciations and snubs

Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder in the news covers in-depth Thunder alternate jersey detail, Thunder appreciations and snubs in SI Top 100, and silly Terrance Ferguson pic

Saturdays are meant for fun, and today’s OKC Thunder news serves up three curious bites for your lighthearted perusal. On the lineup here we’ll look at the best OKC alternate jerseys, which team members made–and should have made–the Sports Illustrated list for top 100 NBA players, and finally, a meme-worthy photo of rookie Terrance Ferguson as he spends a day in his native Oklahoma community with Thunder Cares.

Let’s get started!

OKC Thunder alternate jerseys visually documents team’s unique saga

Leaked photos of new OKC “City Edition” uniforms for the upcoming season came out on Monday, and so revisiting the designs and highlights of alternate jerseys past is of course in order.

Alternate jerseys are always special because they historically haven’t been worn as often as the Association (“home”) and Icon (“away”) jerseys. TI’s Patrick Allen does a thorough job covering the nuances of past Thunder alternate jerseys in this neat article, “Ranking all-time top 5 OKC Thunder alternate jerseys”.

Take a peek at this analytical snippet of the 2012 version:

"“Along with the names who wore the jersey, the uniforms had an interesting take on the teams name, as it was printed vertically on the front. It gave a fresh new look to the team, but many saw the color scheme as lacking and felt as if the design was ultimately unfinished.Although the attire had somewhat mixed opinions, the navy blue and white jerseys from six years ago bring back memories of good times for the franchise."

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I don’t think I even have to reveal which one made #1, but I wont, because every time I think about how slick and beautiful it is I end up looking for purchasing options and forgetting that I am in fact supposed to be…oh yeah, bringing you today’s news.

Four Thunder players make Sports Illustrated Top 100 — and 1 critical snub

OKC players constantly catch the attention of sports pundits as the young team builds on their unpredictable legacy. And every year, Sports Illustrated releases their compiled list of Top 100 NBA players anticipating the ranks of where these players fall relative to their competitive peers, a must-review for OKC Thunder fans.

Thunder beat writer Erik Horne does a nice OKC edition recap of the Crossover’s annual Top 100 NBA players as well as their notes on the biggest snubs of the aforementioned list.

"“Russell Westbrook and Paul George are among the Top 11 players in the NBA heading into this season, according to Sports Illustrated’s annual preseason Top 100 list.George jumped one spot from 12th last season to 11th, while Westbrook ranks seventh compared to sixth last season.”"

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And not much surprise to Andre Roberson being snubbed, but maybe his inclusion on that list at least propels his top defense argument forward.

I propose a new rallying chant: Roberson robbed! Roberson robbed! ROBERSON ROBBED! Yes I like the sound of that.

Be sure to check out the full lists too for the other current and former players too!

So relatable.

Finally, OKC Thunder’s twitter shared this quirky gem of a photo of Terrance Ferguson enjoying some recreational fun, alongside a caption à la relatable meme.

This is from Thursday’s visit to the Police Athletic League’s after school program as part of the Thunder Cares initiative alongside two-way player Tyler Davis.

Another caption came to mind: “Just trying to act casual…” NBA players–they’re just like us!

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Well that’s all for today. We’ll have more exciting content for you in the days leading up to training camp. Happy Saturday Thunder Nation 🙂