The OKC Thunder will see plenty of dazzling debuts during the 2023-24 NBA season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder fanbase has waited over a year to see the highest pick in this rebuild step onto the hardwood in a regular season in the NBA. That time has finally come for Chet Holmgren. His debut was slated as a homecoming in Minnesota last October; where will he actually begin his NBA career?
When will OKC Thunder get to see Chet Holmgren play basketball in person is another burning question for the 2nd overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Holmgren is poised to be a franchise-altering player to really push this young core that flashed so much potential a year ago over the edge. The shot-blocking, floor spacing, rebounding, and defensive chops that the Gonzaga product displays fill the need for everything the Oklahoma City Thunder lacked a year ago.
Cason Wallace and Keyontae Johnson make up the 2023 NBA Draft class for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Still, their debuts might be a bit more challenging to predict, given the nature of Mark Daigneault’s rotation patterns.
Cason Wallace is from Dallas and was initially drafted by his hometown Mavericks before being shipped to Bricktown on draft night with Davis Bertans for Dereck Lively II. For Keyontae Johnson, a potentially important date would be when the Thunder travel to take on the Wizards, the closest NBA team to Johnson’s hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.
Last but not least, the OKC Thunder finally convinced Vasilije Micic to join the squad. Thunder fans have been begging for the two-time EuroLeague MVP and Champion to make the jump to the NBA for the past three summers, and he will finally debut this season.