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Thabo Sefolosha Moseys Down to Oklahoma

February 20, 2009

Thabo Sefolosha Traded to OklahomaSorting through the chaos of yesterday’s deadline-day dealing doesn’t reveal too much to get excited about. Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Shaq, Gerald Wallace and the other high-profile names being thrown around as the deadline drew near all stayed put. But one move has flown under the radar that caught our eye. Chicago’s Thabo Sefolosha was shipped to Oklahoma City for one of the Thunder’s five stockpiled first-round picks from the next two drafts.

It’s probably ETB’s favorite move of the day – although it should be noted that we’re unabashed Thabo Sefolosha fans. We’ve listed him as one of the ten players in the league with the most untapped potential. We’ve said on two occasions that we think he has a breakout season in him. It’s safe to say we have a little man crush on 6-7 “shooting” guard out of Switzerland. The kid just oozes potential.

His offensive game is still raw, although he hasn’t been given much opportunity at that end of the floor, but he’s a purebred athlete who can earn his keep with defense and energy. Last season then-Bulls coach Scott Skiles, who’s known for his focus on defense and hustle, had this to say about Thabo:

“Thabo’s got great physical gifts that, frankly, a lot of guys in the league just don’t have. He’s got tremendous length and has really quick hands. He grabs your attention whenever you watch him play. It’s easy to see that he knows what he’s doing out there. You can tell he likes to play defense, too. He’s eager to get after it.”

He’s a great fit with the youthful Thunder squad and fills a need at the two. We’re assuming that OKC GM Sam Presti sees what Skiles and we have seen in the young man and that head coach Scott Brooks will give him significant run down the stretch. The 13th pick from 2006 doesn’t look for his shot, but he plays a heady game and he can get up and down the floor. Just 24 years old, he’s still got plenty of room to grow. On a team that has been surprisingly good on offense and poor on D this season his lanky presence on the perimeter is a welcome addition. Sefolosha should take a lot of defensive pressure off of Kevin Durant and Jeff Green. And he can also do this…

Related Reading:
- Six NBA Players Poised for Breakout Seasons
- Untapped potential – Ten NBA Players We Want to See More Often
- Sizing up the NBA’s 2006 First Round

Thabo Sefolosha photo credit: Icon SMI

4 Comments »Posted by Andrew Thell on Feb. 20, 2009 at 11:22 am in NBA

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Posted by: Feb. 20 Link Dump « To The Tin on February 20th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Can we get an 09 Nfl mock draft up here so I don’t have to read about this Thabo Snufulufugus shit.

Posted by: seth on February 21st, 2009 at 5:08 pm

im hoping thabo will start soon. he’s a good player. kyle weaver is not starters material either way.

two things.

nickname for thabo, though early: victorinox. he’s a guy who can do it all.

i’m in switzerland about 2 or 3 times a year and ive never ever seen a thabo jersey there. matter of fact the only sport they care about is skiing or snowboarding.

Posted by: vince on February 22nd, 2009 at 6:11 am

The night before he was traded, Sefolosha ran the floor and received a pass behind the arc for a wide-open look. He clanked the 3-pt attempt. A few possessions later he shot an air ball on a 15-footer. It was representative of his time here in Chicago. He may eventually be able to score, but he can’t shoot.

Posted by: The Zoner on February 23rd, 2009 at 11:43 am

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