The Oklahoma City Thunder’s rebuild is finally beginning to come together. After amassing an unprecedented amount of draft picks and young players, the Thunder are starting to piece together their identity after years of being nothing more than a collection of future assets. If things break the Thunder’s way this season, they could be a surprise team out of the Western Conference.
The OKC were dealt some crushing injury news regarding SGA
Unfortunately for the Thunder, things haven’t gone their way recently, and the season hasn’t even started. Chet Holmgren, who OKC took with the second overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft, will miss the entire 2022-23 season after suffering a Lisfranc injury to his foot during a CrawsOver Pro-Am game earlier this offseason.
Now, the Thunder could be without star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to start the season, as the team announced earlier today that Gilgeous-Alexander has a Grade 2 sprain of his MCL. Gilgeous-Alexander has become the face of the Thunder’s rebuild, and losing him for any period of time would be a massive blow to Oklahoma City’s hopes of making some noise this season.
OKC will be in some serious trouble if SGA is forced to miss time
As of right now, Gilgeous-Alexander has only been ruled out for the start of training camp, meaning he could still find his way back to the court before the beginning of the season. But chances are the Thunder will err on the side of caution for the time being, especially given their state as a team that is still technically rebuilding.
Losing Holmgren is one thing, but Gilgeous-Alexander being forced to miss time would be a killer. SGA has emerged from the pile of prospects the Thunder have on their hands to become one of the brightest young players in the NBA, and he is critical to the team’s success this season and moving forward. Without him, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in some trouble.
For now, the Thunder will have to hope and pray that Gilgeous-Alexander can make a swift recovery and find his way back onto the court before the season starts. But after being dealt a serious injury blow with Holmgren, losing Gilgeous-Alexander could push the Thunder back down the totem pole of the Western Conference. It looked like Oklahoma City was about to figure things out, but these injuries may push their timeline back one more season.