How OKC Thunder can capitalize on Danilo Gallinari desire to join contender

Danilo Gallinari (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)
Danilo Gallinari (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Danilo Gallinari, OKC Thunder (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Team Player:

Gallo is not a selfish player. Always a player who seeks to move the ball and help his teammates succeed this is another asset the Thunder need to capitalize on while he is with the Thunder.

The power forward, like many Europeans, has always been a solid playmaker and his assists have reflected that ability. In more than half of his years in the NBA he’s averaged over 2.0 assists. As he’s aged that ability has been more on display with him averaging 2.3 assists through his last four seasons.

While Montrezl Harrell is an active and aggressive center having someone of Steven Adams ilk should allow for Gallo to increase those dimes this year. Likewise, playing off the driving Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and veteran Chris Paul should afford more freedom for the big man to affect the game flow.

Youngsters on the Thunder will gain several advantages from the big man. First, they’ll learn the ropes from a seasoned vet without any negative baggage. From a production standpoint, the Italian’s ability to move the ball and score at various locations on the hardwood will be transferable knowledge and be particularly helpful for the young bigs on the Thunder.

Should Sam Presti add Kevin Hervey to the varsity team as an example Gallo will be invaluable to his learning curve.