Thunder trade Hamidou Diallo to Pistons for Svi Mykhailiuk, future pick
With the trade deadline a couple of weeks away, the Thunder have decided to part ways with the former Slam Dunk Champion. Diallo was selected 45th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by Oklahoma City. In three years for the franchise, the high-flying guard averaged 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Diallo is enjoying a breakout season in 2020-21, registering 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.0 steal in 23 minutes per contest.
The Pistons are letting go of a sharpshooter in Mykhailiuk, who’s averaging 6.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game this season. His shooting numbers from beyond the arc have dipped from 40% in 2019-20 to 33%, thus far, in 2020-21.
With this trade, Diallo could be seeing more minutes on the floor for the Pistons given the team’s shallow guard rotation. Detroit would be better served to see what the team got in him instead of fielding Wayne Ellington or Rodney McGruder for extended stretches.
The trade further accelerates the Pistons’ youth movement—not that Diallo is much younger than Mykhailiuk—but the former should force the team to go with a more youthful lineup moving forward.
Mykhailiuk appears to be a solid fit in the Thunder’s rotation. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is shooting the lights out this season with a 40% clip from long distance. However, the Thunder sorely lack consistent outside sniping from the support crew.
Both teams are out of the playoff picture at this point. Many perceive the Pistons as already bound for the draft lottery, while the Thunder, in spite of multiple injuries suffered by their players, still have a glimmer of hope for a play-in spot.