Team’s supporting cast opens up much potential
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the team’s clear-cut superstar and MVP candidate, had only 17 points on just 13 shots as the Mavericks opted to double-team him for most of the game. Nevertheless, ten players stepped up and contributed double-digit points for the OKC Thunder to salvage the victory.
Three players off the bench stood out the most for the OKC Thunder. Jaylin Williams, who had 14 points, Cason Wallace, and Davis Bertans, who both had 15 markers, were the ones that carried the cudgels to provide spark as the second string guys.
Jaylin Williams made four threes on five attempts as his shooting helped spread the floor out, opening the lanes for drivers, which the Thunder does not lack on their roster.
Davis Bertans, who was traded from the Mavericks, was perfect from the field, with three triples on as many attempts. He reminded everyone, including his former team, that his movement shooting is helpful on short spurts for any team he plays for. He was also decent defensively, holding his own on switches.
Cason Wallace’s two-way potential is undeniable. He locked up Luka Doncic in the first half and early in the second half while bringing in some offense with 15 points, alongside six rebounds on about percent shooting from the field.
Time and time again, the OKC Thunder, from top to bottom of the roster, has proved that they are ready anytime their numbers are called to play.