What can the OKC Thunder expect from Vasilije Micic?

Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes Istanbul (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)
Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes Istanbul (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images) /
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Vasilije Micic
Vasilije Micic, #22 of Anadolu Efes (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images) /

How is Micic going to fit in with the OKC Thunder?

I think that Micic will be an ideal sixth man for this Thunder team. The starting lineup are all but set in stone with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, and Chet Holmgren. After that, things get a little murkier. Likely, Mark Daigneault is going to continue his tendency to cycle through different lineups looking for unexpected synergy.

It’ll probably be the case that on some nights, Micic gets nearly 30 minutes and other nights he may rest the entire game. Development of younger players will still be a focus for this Thunder team, so we can expect to see Micic giving up some minutes to Cason Wallace or Tre Mann.

As the season goes on, Micic’s ability to steady the offense while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rests should be enough to garner him regular playing time. Similar to a Spencer Dinwiddie type. A luxury if he’s coming off the bench, but outclassed if he were made to start.

If I were looking with the rosiest of tints, I could see Sixth Man of the Year potential. He has all the talent he’d need. Whether he gets the touches needed to win the award is another story. More likely, he could vye for a place on the All-Rookie teams, joining Arvydas Sabonis and Jorge Garbajosa as the oldest to receive such honors.

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