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Thunder flexes bright future with record-breaking rookie performances

Thunder, Theo Maledon, Lu Dort, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Sam Presti

While everyone points to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s treasure trove of future draft picks, their current crop of rookies is already rolling out one record-breaking performance after another.

Alexej Pokusevski (2020 17th pick) and Theo Maledon (2020 34th pick) recently made history as the first teammates under 20 years old to both score 20 points in the same game. Not content with setting that record, the Thunder duo raised the bar by becoming the first teammates under 20 years old to both score 25 points in the same game, per Daily Thunder’s Brandon Rahbar.

Pokusevski and Maledon initially set the record when the duo scored 20 and 33 points, respectively, against the Phoenix Suns. The Thunder lost that game, 140-103, but the two rookies showcased their potential in convincing fashion. Then, the two 19-year-olds erupted for 25 points apiece in a 113-102 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, becoming the first pair of teammates under 20 years old to achieve that feat in league history.

The Thunder have already thrown the white towel in the season, and it’s given Poku and Maledon a chance at extended runs. Still, they have shown flashes in their game that suggests that the Thunder scored huge in the 2020 NBA Draft, nabbing Poku in the middle of the first round and Maledon in the second round.

With the rookies, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, and Darius Bazley in the fold, OKC are looking more and more like the team of the future that everyone expects them to be.

Oh, and they still have those 17 first-round picks and 17 second-round picks over the course of the next seven years.

Take a bow, Sam Presti. You earned it.