The offseason is sometimes referred to as the NBA’s “silly season” because of its chaotic nature. For contenders like the Oklahoma City Thunder, however, the offseason usually passes without much silliness. The roster was, for the most part, set heading into the summer, and only a few pieces were needed here and there to prepare for the 2014-15 season.
OKC’s roster manipulations may not hijack the internet, but every move is important for a team attempting to finally reach the summit of the NBA landscape. Five new players will call the Chesapeake Energy Arena home, and those acquisitions will be ranked here in terms of how important they will be this season.
Bringing up the rear are rookies like Josh Huestis and Semaj Christon. The D-League will be their opportunity to mature, and neither player is expected to contribute anything to the Thunder this season.
After them, there are three players who figure to carve out roles in head coach Scott Brooks’ rotation. Sebastian Telfair’s role will be relatively minor, but Mitch McGary and Anthony Morrow possess skill sets that have a significant place in the Thunder’s title aspirations.