Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder Bubble Countdown | 8 Days

Craig Hofeld

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Just over a week remains until the Thunder plays their first game in Orlando at the NBA Bubble. Let’s talk about Danilo Gallinari who wears number 8 for OKC.

The Thunder acquired Gallinari via trade from the Clippers in 2019. This was the same trade that sent Paul George to LA in exchange for Gallinari, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, and five first-round draft picks.

Gallinari was coming off of a career high season in LA. He had an immediate impact in OKC upon his arrival. He was able to keep his momentum going from the previous season, shooting 40% from beyond the arc. When you combine that with the young and energetic Thunder roster, you can see why OKC exceeded expectations this year.

In his first year wearing a Thunder uniform, the small forward is averaging 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

Gallinari is another player on the roster who is a free agent in 2020. While it’s certainly possible he could look to join a contender in the off-season, I also believe OKC has a solid chance of keeping the veteran small forward.

Whatever his decision may be, he has made it clear he is focused on the remainder of this season. I certainly can’t wait to see what he brings to the table for the Thunder during the playoffs.

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