OKC Thunder fans are anxiously awaiting the opening of training camp a week from today. As we inch closer to that date the annual prediction articles are available for our viewing and debate pleasure.
One that draws ample interest is Sports Illustrated‘s annual Top 100 list. The first portion listing players ranked in the 100 to 51 positions on the list was released on Monday and today the next group (50-31) came out. In addition, a companion post on Biggest Snubs was also released.
The panel that ranked the players this season includes Chris Herring, Rohan Nadkarni, Michael Pina, and Jeremy Woo. Rookies aren’t considered and unlike many lists that disclude injured players who are felled, that’s not the case with SI.com. That means Kawhi Leonard and Jamal Murray are on the list as well as Klay Thompson who’ll return from a two-year absence from the hardcourt.
OKC Thunder players glaringly absent from initial entries of SI.com Top 100
In the 13 seasons of the OKC Thunder franchise, the SI.com Top 100 list has featured several players from the roster. In fact, it was common for multiple stars to land in the top 10 or 20 on the list.
Supplementary players such as Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder, and Victor Oladipo found themselves making the cut further down the list. But with the top 70 players released and the “snub list” so far not one player from the existing roster was included.
No doubt, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander…