This off-season looks promising for the Oklahoma City Thunder. An improving young team, a #3 and #25 draft pick, nice salary cap space that can attract free agents, and couple of prospect that could make the team. I mentioned Ibaka in an earlier post, but there are a few more players that the Thunder can call up if needed.
Yotam Halperin was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Supersonics. He has since gone back overseas to play in Israel and Greece. Halperin is now a shooting guard with Olympiacos BC. Just in case you weren’t aware, Olympiacos is successful Greek team that Josh Childress is currently a member. Halperin is a 6’5 combo guard that has great court vision and can smoothly run an offense. Halperin is tough for his size, and has a great mid-range jumper. He is not prolific scorer, but he seems to be very efficient with a FG% of 64.5 and a 3P% of 51.8. He could be the bench shooter that the Thunder need.
You might remember the name DeVon Hardin when the Tyson Chandler trade was proposed. A second round draft pick from 2008, DeVon Hardin an athletic big man that can rebound and be a defensive force for the Thunder. DeVon possesses a 6’11, 250lb frame that is reminiscent of Dwight Howard. His biggest offensive weapon is his hook shot. Last year he bounced around Europe a little while still trying to heal from a foot injury that happened during last year’s summer league. This year DeVon will be back to play with the summer league team along with Ibaka, Livingston, Westbrook, Weaver, White, and our new draftees.
If these two players make the team, don’t expect an immediate impact. I see them as role player coming off the bench to contribute, but if they can live up to their potential the Thunder’s chances of reaching the playoffs will become more likely.
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