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NBA Free Agency: Thunder Positional Needs

After adding five players to their roster in the past few days, their positional needs ahead of free agency are becoming even more clear.
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In the past few days, the Oklahoma City Thunder added four players through the draft and traded for another in Derrick Favors. With that in mind, their roster for the 2021-22 season is starting to take shape with a few glaring needs.

The most clear need of any is the center position. While the signing of Derrick Favors on Friday is a step in the right direction, he's certainly not their long-term plan down low. Additionally, while the Thunder like playing positionless, every team needs traditional center depth for situational matchups.


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From there, OKC still lacks an elite-level wing. They added Jeremiah Earl-Robinson in the draft and have players like Isaiah Roby and Darius Bazley still under contract, but lack a championship-caliber forward. Aleksej Pokusevski seems to be on his way to being that guy, but is still to raw as a player to be certain.

With that in mind, Thunder rookie Josh Giddey is big enough at 6-foot-9 to play the small forward position as needed.

In terms of guards, Oklahoma City is absolutely stacked. Outside of a rising star like Lonzo Ball who is a restricted free agent, they shouldn't really consider signing any guards in free agency.

In short, the Thunder's top priority should be getting a young center followed by wing depth. They also have the flexibility to sign a player they think they can flip for assets down the road.