2018-19 Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook (0) and Paul George will look for bigger and better things in their second season together.

Coach: Billy Donovan (entering his fourth season, 150-96, .610).

Last Season: 48-34, lost in first round of playoffs to Utah, 4-2.

Key Returnees: Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Raymond Felton, Patrick Patterson, Jerami Grant.

Key Additions: Dennis Schroder (Atlanta), Nerlens Noel (Dallas), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Philadelphia), Abdel Nader (Boston), Hamidou Diallo (rookie, Kentucky).

Key Losses: Carmelo Anthony (Houston), Corey Brewer (free agent), Nick Collison (retired).

Outlook: What an eventful offseason it has been for the Thunder. First, in perhaps the biggest move of any team, Paul George shocked the NBA landscape by re-signing with the Thunder without even taking meetings with other teams. Then, general manager Sam Presti was able to dump the albatross that is Carmelo Anthony, sending him Atlanta as part of a three-team deal that also included Philadelphia and brought point guard Dennis Schroder from the Hawks and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the 76ers to Oklahoma City. The Thunder also added Nerlens Noel in free agency and Abdel Nader in a deal with Boston. The other big news this offseason was Russell Westbrook undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Sept. 23, with Schroder likely to get the majority of first-team reps until Westbrook’s return. Speaking of returns, Andre Roberson being back after having knee surgery that ended his season a year ago will go a long way to adding to the Thunder’s defense, which is anchored by tough guy Steven Adams in the paint, where he will be backed up by Noel. However, both Westbrook and Roberson may not be back in action when the season tips off, which magnifies of bringing in a talented veteran such as Schroder, who will likely anchor the Thunders’ second unit when the roster is entirely healthy.