The OKC Thunder are one of the more exciting teams in the NBA to watch this season after they exceeded their preseason expectations last year.
The OKC Thunder made the play-in tournament, beating the New Orleans Pelicans and losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves with both games on the road. According to FanDuel, they are tied for eighth in the Western Conference with a preseason win total of 44.5 with the Kings, Pelicans, and Mavericks.
The expectation among national media and general observers of the NBA is for the OKC Thunder to be a play-in team and compete to make the playoffs.
3 Players poised to take a leap for the OKC Thunder during the 2023-24 NBA Season.
OKC Thunder fans and those who follow the team closely believe the Thunder can be a fifth or sixth seed this year with the talent on this team. The Thunder return every major contributor, plus 2022 first-round pick Chet Holmgren will debut after missing last season with a foot injury.
The OKC Thunder drafted Cason Wallace in the first round this year and signed Vasilije Micic, the former Euroleague MVP.
For the OKC Thunder to be a top-six seed, certain players need to improve this year, and three specific players seem poised for a breakout.