Thunder Raptors trade plan released, Thunder usher in major reinforcements2023-10-21 13:59
October 21st : The US media today unveiled an exciting trade plan involving the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors . It is reported that if this transaction is successfully completed, the Thunder's lineup will usher in a huge reinforcement, indicating that the Thunder may usher in a new era in the future.
The core of the trade plan includes the Thunder acquiring Raptors players Pascal Siakam and OG Anuby . Siakam is a dynamic power forward who will become a free agent in 2024 , and this deal will completely change the face of the Thunder. The Raptors will receive Davis Bertans , Luguentz Porter, Alexei Pokusevski , Ousmane Dieng , Jaylen Williams and 2026 and 2028 ’s first-round pick.
The additions of Pascal Siakam and OG Anuby will significantly improve the Thunder's offensive and defensive strength. In the 2022-23 season, Pascal Siakam 's performance is eye-catching, averaging 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game . His scoring prowess and all-around game will complement Thunder front man Shai Gilgeous - Alexander. Gilgeous - Alexander made the All- NBA team last season and is expected to perform well in the MVP race in 2023-24 . Shai Gilgeous - Alexander is known for his isolation scoring and clutch play, and Siakam provides him with multiple scoring opportunities with and without the ball .
The pairing of these two players will create endless possibilities, especially when paired with the highly skilled Josh Guidy . Gidi is known for his opportunity-finding skills, which combined with Siakam's quickness and Gilgeous - Alexander's scoring ability would make for a formidable trio.
Anunby averaged 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in the 2022-23 season and is a strong scoring threat. His high-efficiency performance included 47.6% field goal percentage and 37.8% three-point shooting percentage, solidifying his reliability on the offensive end. In addition, Anuby is known for his formidable defensive skills and he will bring a significant improvement to the Thunder's defense.
The Thunder have been unsatisfactory on the defensive end before, but with the additions of Siakam and Anuby , as well as Holmgren's shot-blocking ability, they will experience a major defensive improvement. This dynamic trio will strengthen the Thunder's frontcourt defense, apply pressure, compete for rebounds, reduce opponents' scoring opportunities, and provide more transition opportunities for the team's offense.
Overall, this trade package takes the Thunder to a whole new level. Players such as Shai Gilgeous - Alexander, Josh Guidy , Pascal Siakam , OG Anuby and Holmgren will form a strong lineup, increasing offensive options and improving organizational skills. The Thunder's scoring strength has been significantly improved.
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