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Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Any chance Thabo Sefolosha will be back in OKC next season?

The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabo Sefolosha:
by Berry Tramel and Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: June 16, 2014

Tramel: Ten. Maybe 15. I think the Thunder is moving on. Thabo's defense regressed and his offense regressed, and that's a shame. Because Sefolosha was one of the instigators of the Thunder rise. When he arrived, the Thunder was a horrible team with hopefully a bright future. Thabo helped bring that brightness very quickly.

3. If this is the end, Sefolosha’s career in OKC was ___________.

Mayberry: Highly successful. He came to the city as a relative unknown. But he blossomed into one of the league's best perimeter defenders. Along the way, he helped the Thunder become an elite defensive team and a championship caliber squad. He had a great run.

Slater: Productive. Everyone knows about his defensive importance, but Thabo actually had some solid offensive years. Shot 44 percent from deep two seasons ago. Made 108 threes last season. Had some big games and came up huge in important moments. Turned the 2012 Western Conference Finals with his defense on Tony Parker. Just seemed to lose it this season, for whatever reason. But Sefolosha should be remembered fondly in OKC.

Tramel: Memorable. He's one of those guys who shouldn't be forgotten if the Thunder ever wins an NBA title. He helped change the culture. He brought not just a defensive mindset but defensive ability to a roster that had none. I mean, think about it. When Thabo arrived, he took over a starting lineup that had Nenad Krstic at center, Jeff Green at power forward, second-year-pro Kevin Durant on the wing and rookie Russell Westbrook at point guard. Nobody was guarding anybody. Thabo changed that.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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