Predicting the Roles and Impact of Each OKC Thunder Newcomer This Season

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Predicting the Roles and Impact of Each OKC Thunder Newcomer This Season
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The Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t make any high-profile moves this offseason, but they are still the class of the Western Conference. None of the newcomers will single-handedly push the Thunder over the hump and into the Finals again. Yet, they all have defined roles which must be maximized to fulfill the potential of 2014-15's version.

There are only five new players to cover, and we already know that one of them—first-round pick Josh Huestis—definitely won’t play a part in the NBA this season. It’s likely that fellow rookie Semaj Christon will join him in the D-League, but a strong showing over the course of the season could eventually vault him onto the NBA roster.

Beyond those two, the rest of the offseason additions will all factor into the nightly rotation. The roles they will fill are the subject of discussion here (plus some stat projections for the players that will definitely play NBA minutes next year).

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