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Minutes per Game (MPG): 18-20
Let’s face it. Thabo Sefolosha isn’t really starting for the Thunder, no matter how the depth chart may place him. Because of that, his numbers this year aren’t going to be much different than last year.
Sefolosha averaged 21.8 MPG last season, and his major contribution was his stifling defense. He also fills in for Durant occasionally at the small forward position, making him a valuable asset for the team.
Sefolosha is an extremely valuable role player to the team. He did not play in the first preseason game due to a minor leg injury though, but he is likely to make it back well in time for the regular season to begin.
Minutes per Game (MPG): 32-34
The only thing standing between James Harden and being a starter is the title. He gets starters minutes, puts up starters numbers, and is a part of the Oklahoma City “big three.”
He’s also going to be paid like a starter at the end of the season when he becomes a free agent, whether he’s in Oklahoma City or not.
Since he’s a free agent at the end of the season and Oklahoma City is rather strapped for cash, Harden is due for an upgrade in minutes. He averaged 31.4 minutes last season, so that number should be slightly increased.
Harden is a extremely large piece in what Oklahoma City is trying to put together, and he wants to stay with the team despite the fact that he likely won’t be paid as much as deserved. He’s a big-time player though; look for his numbers to keep climbing this season.