From its humble beginnings in 1967 as Seattle Super Character to the present, where the team is known as Thunder of Oklahoma City, the franchise has had its share of star players. And while many of these stars – players like Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook – had great prospects in their design classes, the franchise also had a solid fortune in the selection of future batters and later in the design itself.
5. Dennis Johnson
In the second phase of the design, stars are no longer very common. It’s even rarer to find the future hall of hunger. That’s exactly what Sonic did in 1976, when he defeated the Dennis Johnson Pepperdyne Guards in the second round (29th overall) to become 12th.
Johnson played only four seasons with the Sonics before moving on, but a 6-foot defender would have won two All-Star teams in Seattle and averaged 19.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in 1978-80.
4. The bobsleigh rule
In the second round of the 1967 design, Sonic opted for a 6-foot 9-meter Colorado center. Like Johnson, Ruhl only played a few seasons in Seattle, but Ruhl became one of the best big men in the game at that time.
In the second and third seasons with the team, the rule averages 24.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. He couldn’t have achieved the same success in his four seasons after leaving Seattle.
3. Sergei Ibaka
In 2008 Thunder took a risk with the Congolese giant Sergei Ibaka when he was selected as 24th overall.
Luckily for them, the raw but athletically gifted Ibaka would have developed from Oklahoma City into one of the best defensive players of the league in seven seasons.
With a wingspan of 7’3 and impressive athletics, Ibaka led the NBA in the blocks twice per game and also contributed as a scorer and kicker (11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during his time at the CGC).
2. Rushard Lewis
Young fans may not know much about him today, but in early 2000, Rashard Lewis was a problem.
Lewis came out of high school with a big jump and shot with a lead of 1.10 meters and was relegated to 32nd overall in 1998. His first two years in Seattle were nothing special, but until the 2000-01 season, Lewis threatened to lose 30 years every night.
He improved from season to season and achieved an average of 22.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per race in his last season with the Sonic.
1. Sean Kemp
Already in 1989 Sonic had managed to conquer one of the most spectacular stars of the nineties with the 17th general election.
Together with star Gary Peyton, Kemp and The Sonics will be one of the most exciting teams in the NBA, and Kemp’s high-flying dancers will play an important role in the event.
But Kemp was more than a dungeon. A powerful 6-foot forward lineup five Seattle vertical All-Star teams and three vertical All-NBA teams, consistently scoring nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds overnight.