Thunder schedule: Tough schedule could help Victor Wembanyama contest

The Oklahoma City Thunder will likely be better this season than last, but that doesn’t mean their record will be better. Oklahoma City added several quality pieces to the roster through the draft and should see some internal development from returning players, but the rest of the league has improved as well.

Additionally, the Thunder project may have the toughest schedule in the NBA. Ed Kupfer recently broke up the strength of each team’s schedule, ranking OKC at the top.

That might not be a bad thing for the Thunder, who really need one more centerpiece to truly become one of the best young teams in the NBA. There’s a good chance Oklahoma City will select near the top of the 2023 NBA Draft, giving them a chance at a potentially generational prospect in Victor Wembanyama.

Wembanyama is considered one of the best draft prospects the NBA has ever seen. He stands nearly 7ft 5in and has the ability to shoot from anywhere on the ground. He also has the potential to one day be an NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

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Even if the Thunder were to finish with the worst record in the NBA next season, they would only have a 14% chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick for a chance at the French center. It takes luck no matter where you end up in the reverse ranking.

With that in mind, a tough schedule could end up being a blessing in disguise when the Draft Lottery takes place next year for Oklahoma City.


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