One of the typical weaknesses of OKC Thunder teams in the past has been their lack of shooters, but that may not be an issue next season.
While this lineup could address those issues, a problem from the past couple of years could arise. The lack of a big man has sometimes hurt the Thunder, but with experience playing without one, this lineup could feast.
For obvious reasons, Davis Bertans would be the “big” in this lineup. The 6-foot-10 forward brings a specific skillset to the table as a sharpshooter.
Although Bertans had spotty playing time last season in Dallas, he still shot 39% from 3-point range and hit just shy of 40 percent for his career. But he will not be the only noted sharpshooter in this lineup.
The OKC Thunder’s 3-point ace from last season returns and may have a more significant role in 23-24. Isaiah Joe shot 41 percent from outside on more than five attempts per game last season.
Joe’s ability as a shooter is invaluable, and the OKC Thunder hope he can expand his game and become a reliable option beyond his deep shot. Although Joe was the main guy getting attention for his shooting last season, the Thunder also had a 39.3% shooter from deep last season.
Aaron Wiggins may not be known for his shooting, but that did not stop him from knocking it down. Wiggins’ hustle and effort on the defensive end gets him on the floor, but his shooting also helps secure him a spot in this lineup.
That leaves two more players in the lineup: the guys who get downhill and get those shooters open looks. Jalen Williams and Gilgeous-Alexander would fit in seamlessly with the others.
Both love getting involved from inside the arc and can draw opposing defenses in with them. And it doesn’t hurt that Williams and Gilgeous-Alexander can hit from outside, too. There is no guarantee that this lineup ever sees the floor, but if it does, it could be dangerous and exhilarating.