Oklahoma City Thunder Spotlight: Thabo Sefolosha

Greg EvansCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2009

Thabo Sefolosha, third year G/F from Switzerland, was acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Chicago Bulls in the waning moments of the trade deadline on Feb. 19. Since he has arrived in Thunderland, Sefolosha has already created quite a lot of buzz.

In his first two years in the league, Thabo Sefolosha was a seldom used role player for Chicago and he never truly had a place on the team. Now that he is wearing the Sky Blue and Red/Orange of Oklahoma City, Sefolosha is beginning to thrive.

His presence is already being felt, in the Thunder's last three games Sefolosha has held the Thunder opponents' top scorer well below their season averages.

According to his website (thabosefolosha.com) Sefolosha was born and raised in Switzerland. He got his start in basketball playing for the Blonay basketball club. From this humble start, Thabo Sefolosha started his rise in Swiss basketball.

He and his brother played in every level of Swiss basketball, eventually playing on the Swiss national team. Sefolosha's dream, though, always was to play in the NBA. At the age of 22, his wish was granted, when he became the first Swiss player to ever play in the NBA.

Sefolosha's main strength is his defense and this can easily be seen in his work against Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala. Sefolosha almost single-handedly limited Iguodala to nine points. Thabo Sefolosha's presence has had an immeasurable effect on the Thunder's defense. In their past six games, Oklahoma City has limited five opponents to under the century mark, something OKC struggled with before Sefolosha's arrival.

This all raises the question:

Should Thabo Sefolosha be included in the "Team of the Future" talks?

Is he worthy of making the Triumvirate a "Fab Four"?

I'm not alone in thinking that Sefolosha can be a permanent fixture in the Thunder lineup. It is undeniable that his presence has changed the face of Oklahoma City's defense. Sefolosha's point production is up from 4.5 to 11.6 PPG since his move from Chicago.

Sefolosha is exactly what OKC needs right now. Is he what OKC needs for the future? That is a question no one can answer right now. I'd like to think that he is.


(stats from NBA.com)