The Norman Transcript


July 10, 2014

In Presti, Thunder fans should trust

NORMAN — Oklahoma City Thunder fans should first understand they’re not alone.

They and every other NBA fan is waiting to see what their team’s going to do because LeBron James, even without the fanfare of “The Decision” is nonetheless gumming up the works by being as quiet about his future basketball intentions as he was that first Finals the Heat played against the Mavericks.

Here’s hoping he goes back to Cleveland. Other than staying in South Beach, it’s the only move he has that doesn’t make him a career pariah.

But that’s not what today’s entry’s about. Instead, it’s about the Thunder and why their fans will simply have to sweat out the process, ever faithful it will work to their team’s advantage. 

Further, they shouldn’t do this because it’s their only choice, but because there’s every reason to believe it will work out in their favor.

Let’s review just how smart Sam Presti has proven to be since the franchise he runs moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

In 2008, Presti drafted Russell Westbrook with the fourth pick and Serge Ibaka with the 24th pick. Just maybe, he grabbed two Hall of Famers.

In 2009, he struck gold with James Harden. Also in 2009, he traded for Thabo Sefolosha, a long-term starter for the length of his contract.

In 2011, Reggie Jackson was the 24th pick. You may not love Reggie Jackson, but he’s been spectacular 24th pick.

He got Perry Jones the next year with the 28th pick, a throwaway pick for most franchises, but Jones played in 62 games last season and started seven. It could still be a big-time pick.

Steven Adams arrived with the 12th pick in the 2013 draft and who knew he’d be a better pro than he was a collegian at Pitt.

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