NBA: All-Time starting 5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Forward – Serge Ibaka
A late first-round selection in the 2008 NBA Draft, Serge Ibaka was a key part of the Thunder’s early success as a franchise. Ibaka was one of the best defensive players in the NBA during his seven-year tenure in Oklahoma City. He was a three-time All-Defensive First Team and the league’s leading shot blocker in 2012 and 2013.
Ibaka ranks third in the Thunder’s all-time scoring list, third in rebounds, ninth in steals, first in blocks, and eighth in three-points made. He was traded to the Orlando Magic in 2016 for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and Domantas Sabonis. Ibaka now plays for the Toronto Raptors.
Honorable Mention: Forward – Nick Collison
An original member of the Seattle SuperSonics when he was drafted in 2003, Nick Collison stayed loyal to the franchise until his retirement in 2018. He ranks sixth in scoring despite not being a scorer, fifth in rebounds, fourth in assists, fifth in steals, and fourth in blocks. His No. 4 jersey will surely be retired by the team in the near future.Published 08 Jan 2019, 20:20 IST