HoopsHype writer Frank Urbina recently published an article that ranked the 25 best shooting guards in the NBA. The Oklahoma City Thunder only had one entry in Lu Dort, who came in at No. 17.
“Originally thought of just as a high-energy defensive stopper, Lu Dort has developed his offensive game leaps and bounds since his rookie season to the point the young Canadian is coming off a career year in which he averaged 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds on 40.4 percent shooting from the floor.
He’s still streaky offensively and has a tendency to be a chucker, but there’s no question offensively, he’s much farther along than he was earlier on in his career.
Couple that with his long-armed, tenacious style of defense where he’ll hunt opposing ball-handlers up and down the floor for fun and you have the makings of a more complete player, and one the Oklahoma City Thunder wisely locked up for the future.”
Dort has quickly risen from an undrafted free agent in 2019 to getting paid nearly $90 million in 2022. The rebuilding Thunder were able to find a gem in Dort as he provides a bulky player who can defend some of the best perimeter players in the league and lacks no confidence in taking shots and hitting them at a respectable rate from outside.