ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on the Thunder’s past, present and future | Heard Thundering with Brett Dawson

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on the Thunder’s past, present and future | Heard Thundering with Brett Dawson

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon revisits the Shai Gilgeous-Alexander trade and dives into what’s put the OKC rebuild so far ahead of schedule.

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

| Feb 29, 2024, 5:00pm CST

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

Feb 29, 2024, 5:00pm CST

Let’s give a warm “Howdy partner” to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, who joins the podcast this week. Based in Dallas, MacMahon covers the NBA all over the middle of the country, including occasionally in OKC. He’s here to talk about his recent story revisiting the Paul George for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander trade; to discuss how the Thunder has gone from rebuilding to contending in a blink; and to examine SGA’s chances at winning MVP. 

Episode highlights:

2:50 How Tim viewed this Thunder rebuild, and how it’s compared to his expectations. 

15:50: How Josh Giddey fits now and how that might change in the long term. 

26:00: MacMahon on his story revisiting the trade that sent Paul George to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. 

32:00: Why Chet Holmgren was just what OKC needed… and some trivia about his season that you might not know. 

36:30: SGA for MVP? Where he stands now and what he might need to set himself up for a win in the future. 

Producer: Jacquelyn Musgrove

Creative Director: Michael Lane

Social media: Bobby Howard

Director of Content: Mike Sherman

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Brett Dawson, the Thunder beat writer at Sellout Crowd, has covered basketball for more than 20 seasons at the pro and college levels. He previously worked the Thunder beat at The Oklahoman and The Athletic and also has covered the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers. He’s covered college programs at Louisville, Illinois and Kentucky, his alma mater. He taught sports journalism for a year at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. You can reach him at [email protected] or find him sipping a stout or an IPA at one of Oklahoma City’s better breweries.

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