Season in Review: #25 Thabo Sefolosha
By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer
The thrill of joy and agony of defeat can teeter on a very thin edge in the playoffs, but with more experience, players learn not only how to deal with each outcome, but also how to better impact winning.
One of the Thunder players who has had his hands on the Thunder’s success over the past five-and-a-half seasons that he has spent in Oklahoma City is Thabo Seoflosha. One of the defensive leaders on the club, Sefolosha has often been charged with defending the opposition’s best perimeter player while also trying to help spread the floor as an outside shooter.
His role changed throughout the season and postseason, but Sefolosha continually worked as hard as he could after practice to stay sharp and ready for when his name was called. Despite his and his teammates’ best efforts, the Thunder fell just short against the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, but Sefolosha believes that the experience gained and strides made by the team as a whole puts the group one step closer to achieving its ultimate goal.
“The closer you get to that trophy, the harder it is to be eliminated,” Sefolosha explained. “That’s how it feels for me. It’s really tough this year to be really close. I feel we have a team that was built to win a title and to fall short it’s disappointing. It hurts and it should hurt.”
“We keep improving and the experience that we gain is a huge plus,” Sefolosha said. “We keep getting better at moving the ball. Offensively we were doing things at a high level, especially the last two months or so. It’s great. We have a lot of positives to look to.”
Sefolosha has made an imprint on the culture and put his mark on a team that has risen together as one unit. He’s been with the Thunder through hard times, to winning the Western Conference Finals and all the steps in between.
“The organization, the teammates and friendships that I’ve built here are nothing but positive things,” Sefolosha said. “We’ve done some amazing things. Going from winning to 20-something game to more than 50 games and being able to have the opportunity that Sam gave me to be a part of this group, it’s been a great time.”