NBA 2K20: Best Oklahoma City Thunder team you can buy on MyTEAM – Payton, Lewis, Gilgeous-Alexander & more

The Thunder have been known by different names over the years, but which past stars make this side?

Tom Young by Tom Young

Oklahoma City Thunder have become a well-known franchise, as they have had a whole host of superstars in the last few years.

However, for you old school NBA fans, you will probably know them better as the Seattle SuperSonics, as they were previously known before their relocation to Oklahoma back in 2008.

The present-day Thunder have had some adversity to deal with over the last twelve months.

They lost their two superstars Paul George and Russell Westbrook to the Clippers and Rockets respectively but have dealt with the losses well, currently sitting in the playoff spots with a 20-15 record.

But how many of their present day superstars make their All-Star five on MyTEAM? Keep reading as we list the best OKC team you can go out and buy today.

 

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PG – ‘07 Gary Payton (OVR 97)

Card type: Spotlight

Best stats: 99 steal, 99 lateral quickness, 98 help defense IQ

Cost: >100k

Kicking off this OKC five is a biggie! The pink diamond version of Thunder legend Gary Payton.

The point guard picked up his only NBA title at the back end of his career during his time with the Heat, but it was the 13 years Payton spent in Seattle with the SuperSonics that NBA fans will remember the defensive maestro for.

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As a nine-time All-Defensive first team member and the ‘96 DPOTY, it is no surprise to see Payton’s defense rated so highly (96 defending). Payton’s 91 rated playmaking will come in handy on the opposite end of the court too.

SG – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OVR 91)

Card type: Moments of the Week

Best stats: 95 hands, 95 hustle, 95 stamina

Cost: 20k

From an All-Time Thunder great to a present OKC star now, as SGA partners Payton in the guards.

Whilst Thunder fans were understandably disappointed to lose both of their All-Stars in the off-season, the emergence of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has given them something to smile about.

The 21-year-old has taken his new found role in his stride and put in some seriously impressive performances. Shooting from deep (88 outside shot) seems to be the way forward here, but with a 80 rated driving dunk tendancy, don’t be afraid to head to the bucket if you see an opportunity.

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SF – ‘98 Xavier McDaniel (OVR 91)

Card type: Legacy

Best stats: 97 shot IQ, 95 hands, 95 stamina 

Cost: 5k

For the small forward role it’s a trip back to the Supersonic days with the X-Man, Xavier McDaniel.

McDaniel may not be a household name for many NBA fans but he sure impressed in his early days with the SuperSonics, making his only All-Star appearance during his time there (1988).

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McDaniel doesn’t excel in any particular area, but has decent overalls in all of the key attributes. Driving to the basket is going to the be the best way to pick up points with the X-Man (94 driving layup & 90 driving dunk).

PF – ‘14 Rashard Lewis (OVR 96)

Card type: Spotlight

Best stats: 97 shot IQ, 95 offensive consistency, 95 stamina

Cost:
85k

In the power forward spot is another old school SuperSonic’s star, Rashard Lewis.

Lewis is still an active basketballer, however he traded the NBA for the BIG3 –  a three-on-three basketball league founded by rapper Ice Cube – back in 2017.

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Lewis was a member of the Miami Heat team which won the NBA back in 2013 but his best years came during his nine year stint with the SuperSonics.

Lewis was an out-and-out scorer during his days with the SuperSonics and that is reflected by the huge 94 OVR he has been given in the outside scoring attribute. Lewis also has five gold badges in the finishing department.

C – ‘06 Vin Baker (OVR 89)

Card type: Legacy

Best stats: 95 stamina, 95 shot IQ, 95 offensive consistency 

Cost:
1.5k

The final name in this team is another player from the franchise’s Seattle days, Vin Baker.

The lack of options at the center role has lead to us selected Baker in his secondary position of center rather than his preferred power forward role, but his impressive rebounding (85 OVR) and inside scoring (85 OVR) should help the former Supersonic star to make the switch seamlessly.

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The new year is here and that means that the All-Star game is fast approaching!

As has been the case for many a year, fans are able to vote for the players who they think are deserving of an All-Star spot and we at RealSport thought we could transfer that voting into the basketball sim NBA 2K20.

For each conference, there are three divisions and we are going to look at the best starting five for each of those divisions, starting with the Atlantic Division

The Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors are the five teams who make up the division and using current players only, this is the best starting five you can make from the Atlantic today.

PG – Kyle Lowry (OVR 95)

Kyle Lowry's 95 OVR MyTeam card

Card type: Moments of the Week

Best stats: 97 hustle, 96 stamina, 95 offensive consistency

Cost: 32k

Looking at current Atlantic Division players, the best point guard currently available in MyTEAM is Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.

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Lowry has had to take on extra responsibility for the reigning champions this season following the loss of Kawhi Leonard and has done so expertly. With 90 ratings in athleticism, playmaking and defending, this card is capable of doing it all.

So far this season, Lowry is averaging 20.8 points, 4,6 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game.

SG – Spencer Dinwiddie (OVR 94)

Spencer Dinwiddie's 94 OVR MyTeam card

Card type: Moments of the Week

Best stats: 98 offensive consistency, 98 shot IQ, 97 stamina

Cost: 28k

The shooting guard position is occupied by Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets.

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The Nets have struggled for form so far this season, largely due to the injury held by Kevin Durant and niggles picked up by Kyrie Irving. Spencer Dinwiddie has taken advantage of his increased minutes though, receiving this 94-rated diamond card as a result of his improved play.

Dinwiddie is averaging 22.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game so far this season.

Continue reading about the NBA 2K20 voting here.


Tom Young