The Oklahoma City Thunder are still remodeling their roster, but this year feels different. Excitement is in the air. The fanbase is buzzing again, counting down the days until Thunder basketball returns. With a fresh crop of draft picks, the growth of current young players, and the organization looking poised to take the next step in this rebuild in the near future, everything is moving in the right direction for OKC.
The Thunder brought in four new draft prospects, including the most popular name in the 2022 NBA draft, Chet Holmgren, who pairs with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and the rest of this core. Now, with third-year coach Mark Daigneault, a paid Lu Dort, Kenrich Williams long-term in place, two lottery picks in addition to Holmgren, and a world-renowned shooting coach, it’s finally exciting to be a Thunder fan again. Palpable excitement that doesn’t rest on future draft picks.
I can’t sit here and promise a huge record improvement, postseason or even tournament play-in for the Thunder. I can only promise that seeing Oklahoma City 82 times this season will be fun. There are just too many interesting players on this roster to get down to the dark place the team ended up in at the end of the last two seasons.
With the NBA season just around the corner, what do we know about the Oklahoma City Thunder preseason?
Believe it or not, although you can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel, basketball is just around the corner. Sure, the month of August is dry barring a schedule release expected anytime from the NBA. However, things get hot in September. From the media day to the training camp that pushes us into the pre-season games at the beginning of October.
What do we know about this preseason roster? Well, not much yet. The Oklahoma City Thunder have only leaked three of their preseason games so far. For reference, most teams that have already released their preseason schedule play about five games before the regular season. The NBA regular season begins on October 18.
The first preseason game for the Oklahoma City Thunder takes place on October 5 at the BOK Center in Tulsa against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Thunder will also play the Adelaide 36ers in the pre-season at Paycom Center, who will be future Kai Soto. The 36ers naturally hosted Josh Giddey during his time in the NBL.
On October 13, OKC will take to the streets and take on the San Antonio Spurs. A homecoming for the team’s new shooting coach, Chip Engelland.
We’re still waiting to find out the entire preseason calendar for the Oklahoma City Thunder, whenever we have the full list, TI will have you covered!