The OKC Thunder might need to move back into the first round of the 2023 NBA Draft to grab G-League Ignite product Sidy Cissoko.
By now, you all know my love for G-League Ignite star Leonard Miller, but the Ignite has a third prospect worth looking at for the OKC Thunder. Sidy Cissoko might be the perfect fit for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the middle of the first round.
Sidy Cissoko is a 6’6 224 pound wing with a 6’10 wingspan, averaging nearly 13 points, three assists, and over a steal per game. Cissoko shot the trey ball at a 30 percent clip, and many are scared off of Cissoko when you couple his three-point production with his below-average free throw numbers.
The forward offers incredible playmaking at his size, high-end rim finishing, and the chance to be one of the best defenders in the league as he develops in his career. Cissoko turns in 1.115 points per possession, 1.103 points per possession on cuts, and 1.16 points per possession at the rim. The G-League Ignite product produced 58 percent shooting at the ring, 29 percent on jump shots, 33 percent on catch-and-shoot looks, and 43 percent on runners.
While the 19-year-old still needs to polish his game, with the developmental program in Bricktown, Sidy Cissoko might be the name worth trading back into the first round for. The OKC Thunder could stash him part-time in the G-League with Kam Woods and round out his game. Not to mention, working with Chip Engelland would be a massive win for Cissoko.