The Oklahoma City Thunder shocked the basketball world for the second time this summer after trading for small forward Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony will join Russell Westbrook and Paul George and while all have contracts that expire at the end of the season, the three will play together for Oklahoma City as contenders in the Western Conference.
They might not yet scare the Golden State Warriors or even the Houston Rockets, but they’re much more impressive than this time last offseason.
Here is what their starting lineup will likely look like when they play the Knicks on the first game of their upcoming season.
Oklahoma City Thunder Starters
PG — Russell Westbrook
SG — Andre Roberson
SF — Paul George
PF — Carmelo Anthony
C — Steven Adams
It’s worth noting that while Anthony is not a traditional power forward, the NBA is moving towards positionless basketball.
George and Anthony will be relatively interchangeable at the forward position for Oklahoma City depending on matchups. Even though Anthony isn’t known as being a strong defender, Westbrook-Roberson-George is a strong defensive core.
The team is obviously going to be potent on offense considering they have three players who averaged more than 22 points per game last season.
DunkWire, Andre Roberson, Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder