Thunder ranks 12th in NBA.com offseason rankings

www.nba.com Published: August 4, 2014
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The Oklahoma City Thunder didn't win the NBA.com's offseason rankings, but they're not bad.


David Aldridge ranks the offseasons of all 30 teams, with the Thunder coming in 12th, giving OKC good marks for the Anthony Morrow signing and the Mitch McGary draft pick.


From Aldridge: "Morrow regained his shooting eye last season for the Pelicans, and his presence will provide much needed floor spacing for the Thunder next season. His was one of the best free agent pickups for the price this summer. McGary is a talented young big who has to show he is mature enough to be trusted and capable of staying healthy in the pros. If he is, and can, he will help immediately, just as Steven Adams did last season."


Predictably, the Cleveland Cavaliers -- thanks to the addition of LeBron James -- ranked No. 1 on Aldridge's list. The Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets round out the top 5.


Aldridge said the Celtics' acquisition of former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart could pay dividends in the near future.

"Combined with the significant cap room that's just around the corner, Boston could rebuild in a hurry -- especially with the potential of a Smart-Young backcourt developing in the coming years.



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