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

The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabo Sefolosha:

1. What was the most disappointing aspect of Thabo Sefolosha’s season?

Darnell Mayberry (beat writer): It's got to be his shooting. He never found his rhythm this season and never looked comfortable. And it was among the leading factors that led to the Thunder regressing. We kept waiting for Thabo to trend toward the shooting he displayed in the last two seasons. But it never happened.

Anthony Slater (beat writer): His shot. That typically disruptive perimeter defense disappeared in the postseason, leaving a huge void. But it felt like those defensive struggles were a product of his season-long shooting slump. He looked frustrated, hesitant and uncomfortable all year on offense. And by playoff time, he was just out of it. Completely lost. After returning from injury late in the season, he made only seven of his 36 3-pointers to close out the year. That’s 19 percent.

Berry Tramel (columnist): That his defense slipped. Thabo still was a good defender, but he needs to a great defender. And he wasn't. At least not after returning from the February injury. The Thunder clearly missed Thabo's defense when he sat out six weeks, but that defensive acumen never really returned even after Sefolosha recovered.

2. Percentage chance he is back with the Thunder next season?

Mayberry: Zero.

Slater: Better than zero. But not much better. These past five seasons, the relationship has been mutually beneficial to both. But this breakup should be, too. The Thunder needs to go in a different direction, get some offensive punch in that starting lineup and go younger. And Sefolosha could benefit from a fresh start, maybe rejuvenate his career a bit. The only reason it’s not zero percent is because his struggles severely lowered his price on the open market. But it’s still highly doubtful he returns to OKC.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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 NewsOK.com'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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