Rookies prepared for off the court challenge of joining OKC Thunder

Cason Wallace (R) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (L)(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Cason Wallace (R) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (L)(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The OKC Thunder have a reputation to uphold, and the 2023 NBA Draft Class is prepared for the challenge. No, I am not talking about on the court this time. The Oklahoma City Thunder are known as the drippiest team in the league. With their jaw-dropping pre-game outfits that belong in Fashion Magazines (in fact, multiple nominees for the best-dressed athletes in GQ, including the winner), and a point guard who steals the show at the Met Gala, that is a lot of pressure on the newcomers to the squad.

While it is unfair to hold the rookies to the standard of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, one of the coolest people on the planet, it is clear that you can not be a slouch in the fashion department in OKC. Well, few can (sorry, Kenrich, but who will tell Kenny Hustle anything? Certainly not me).

OKC Thunder rookies look forward to the off-the-court challenge of living up to the team’s fashion icon status.

At the annual OKC Thunder Rookie introductory press conference, I asked 10th overall pick Cason Wallace and 50th overall pick Keyontae Johnson if they feel any pressure joining a team held in such high regard, fashion-wise.

Cason Wallace is right, the Thunder do be dressing, and if Wallace’s draft day outfit is any indication, he will be up for the challenge. Wallace projects to fit right in with the Thunder’s “drip.”

Keyontae Johnson certainly had the accessories sporting a fantastic chain with his initials.  After taking note of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s tunnel attire, it seems Johnson will also fit in with the Bricktown boys.

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