OKC Thunder: Tony Bradley’s potential highlights his season grades

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The OKC Thunder traded for Tony Bradley at the trade deadline with the Philadelphia 76ers. They gave up George Hill and, in return, received Bradley, and two second-round draft picks, one in 2025 and the other in 2026. They also received Austin Rivers from the New York Knicks before waiving him.

Given that Hill had a $10.2 million deal for the 2021-22 season, this was a good deal for the Thunder.

He was only guaranteed $1.3 million, but if Oklahoma City did not make the trade, they would have either overpaid Hill or lost him for nothing. Instead, they got Bradley’s expiring deal which gives them flexibility.

The Thunder are the fourth team that the 6-10 fourth-year center has been on in the past 12 months.

He ended the 2019-20 season with the Utah Jazz before being traded to the Detroit Pistons prior to the season starting. Five days later he was traded to the 76ers where he played just 20 games.

He was then traded to the Thunder at the deadline.

The OKC Thunder seem to value Tony Bradley

Bradley has played 21 of a possible 27 games since his arrival with the franchise. With Al Horford being shut down for the season, the Thunder were very tall at the center position, but Moses Brown and Aleksej Pokusevski are not built to battle underneath with some of the bigger centers.

Bradley is 6-10 and 248 pounds, meaning that he can put a body on the bigger guys without being moved around as easily. He also had his most productive time with the Thunder, going for career highs in points (8.7), rebounds (6.1), and minutes per game (18.0).

He has been a solid one-two punch with Brown at the center position.