The OKC Thunder have one of the best young cores in the entire NBA. After a surprise 40-win season, the Oklahoma City Thunder are primed for another stellar season after bolstering this roster with a few key offseason moves. Notably, the Thunder will debut 2nd overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Chet Holmgren. OKC also added the 10th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, Cason Wallace, to go along with two-time EuroLeague MVP and Champion Vasilije Micic.
The fanbase is buzzing for Bricktown basketball. Between Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren, and a ton of depth, there is reason to believe last season’s squad that leaped into the play-in tournament has yet another step in them this year. While the Western Conference will be tough, postseason basketball should return to OKC for the second straight year.
The OKC Thunder sees four players land on the Ringer’s Top 125 NBA players list ahead of the 2023-24 NBA Season.
During the 2022-23 NBA season, The Ringer debuted a new series ranking the top 125 players in the NBA. The Ringer not only ranks players but also updates “trade value rankings,” “league pass rankings,” and more. The OKC Thunder have seen four players land on their top-125 players in the NBA list.
Of Course, the Oklahoma City Thunder are led by Superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Kentucky product scored 31 points per game a year ago on his way to a first-team All-NBA nod, a top-five MVP finisher, and a first-time All-Star. This led the Ringer to tab Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the 13th-best player in the entire NBA. The OKC Thunder star ranks ahead of the likes of Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Jamal Murray, De’Aaron Fox, Ja Morant, James Harden, Trae Young, Paul George, and Jaylen Brown. The max contract point guard certainly proved his value. This upcoming season he will be chasing the likes of Devin Booker, Jimmy Butler, and Anthony Davis, according to this list.
After a solid second season, Josh Giddey cracks the top 100 NBA players and ranks 69th in the league ahead of names like Marcus Smart, Tyler Herro, Mike Conley, and CJ McCollum. Giddey was grouped in with names like Derrick White and Cade Cunningham.
The final player to rank in the top 100 players for the OKC Thunder is second-year wing, Jalen Williams. After finishing runner-up for Rookie year, Williams put himself ahead of Kyle Kuzma, Franz Wagner, Anfernee Simons, Malcolm Brogdon, and Keldon Johnson.
Lu Dort is the fourth player to find his name on the top-125 players list, ranking at 112. Dort is one of the best defenders in the league, according to multiple top scorers around the association. Dort ranks ahead of Dillon Brooks, Herb Jones, Malik Monk, Markelle Fultz, Trey Murphy III, and De’Andre Hunter.
With already four players on the list, there is a chance that during the Ringer’s midseason update, the OKC Thunder could see more names added to these rankings. Chet Holmgren is the too-young honorable mention that comes to mind.