Kevin Durant has left but the Oklahoma City Thunder must look forward to a season that still offers many possibilities.
Yes, a former MVP who brought 28 points a game last season is gone, but there is the unknown of incoming trade players and a star in Russell Westbrook to offer some sense of anticipation for next year.
The starting lineup for next year looks like Westbrook, Oladipo, Roberson, Kanter or Ilysaova and Adams.
Oladipo will bring shooting at the 2 guard and Kanter can now start at the 4, but will they be able to replace the production of Durant.
No, but they don’t need to try to replace Durant, it is more important to focus on the team now and not one person trying to become a 30 points a game guy. This move has the possibility of helping the Thunder because there is no longer a struggle between Durant and Westbrook about number of shots; and if the Thunder can play a more team style of basketball, then the potential is there to be better than a two star system like they have had.
If Donovan can get the Thunder to play team basketball and get bigger contributions from Kanter and Roberson and having consistent players in Oladipo and Ilysavoa, then they have a chance at pulling off some upsets against some “hero ball” teams.
Everyone loved Durant and hate that he is leaving the state of Oklahoma, but Thunder basketball is not over; there is still a future for the program.