On December 20, 1966, the city of Seattle was awarded an NBA franchise and started playing in 1967. The SuperSonics had their fair share of success and memorable players, which included the franchise’s only championship in 1979. They have had their share of legendary players like Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Ray Allen, and 1979 Finals MVP Dennis Johnson to name […]
On December 20, 1966, the city of Seattle was awarded an NBA franchise and started playing in 1967.
The SuperSonics had their fair share of success and memorable players, which included the franchise’s only championship in 1979. They have had their share of legendary players like Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Ray Allen, and 1979 Finals MVP Dennis Johnson to name a few.
While they had successful tenures, they had periods of struggle, which included three playoff appearances from 1998-2008 and even then, they only made it past the first round once. Things looked to turn around briefly when they selected Kevin Durant 2nd overall in 2007 and he won Rookie of the Year in the process. However, that brief positive moment was short-lived. After not having enough funding for a new arena, the franchise decided to relocate to Oklahoma City, renaming the team Thunder.
Oklahoma City has had a lot of success since then, having stars like Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and more recently Paul George. It begs the question of what could have been if the team decided to stay in Seattle.
It has been 11 years since Seattle had an NBA team and today I decided to take a trip down memory lane. Below you’ll see the entire roster that was set in the final game for the Seattle Sonics in 2008.
Who were the last members of the Seattle SuperSonics? What happened to them? Find out below.
#0 – Ronald Dupree
Dupree holds the honor of being the last player to be signed by the SuperSonics, signing a ten-day contract on April 3, 2008. He was a journeyman throughout his career and played in only four games for the Sonics, averaging one point and two rebounds during that stint. He had stints after in the then NBA D-League and overseas before retiring from basketball in 2014.
#4 – Nick Collison
Nick Collison is the only player to have his number retired under the Oklahoma City Thunder banner. Before his 10 seasons in OKC, he was drafted 12th overall in 2003 by the SuperSonics.
He played his entire career with the franchise that drafted him. In the early part of his career, he was a consistent starter at the power forward position. When the team relocated to Oklahoma City, he was a role player for the team. He was a rare starter but provided valuable minutes off the bench. In the latter part of his career, Collison was viewed as a veteran leader in the locker room and played sparingly.
His career averages are 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 910 career games. He may not be a household name but is a fan favorite to Thunder fans.
#8 – Luke Ridnour
Ridnour came out of Oregon and was drafted 14th overall by the SuperSonics in 2003. He was a role player in his rookie season but was the full-time starter by his second season. In his last season in Seattle, he averaged 6.4 points, 5.2 assists, and 1.2 steals.
He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks once the team relocated. He bounced around with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic before retiring in 2016.
#16 – Francisco Elson
Elson was drafted in the second round by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was the starter for them. He signed with the San Antonio Spurs in 2006 and won his only ring in the NBA with the team in 2007.
He was then traded halfway through the 2007-08 season to the SuperSonics. He played in 22 games and averaged three points and three rebounds with the team. Seattle decided to let him walk in free agency and he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. He ended his NBA career in 2012 after playing five games for the Philadelphia 76ers.
#18 – Mouhamed Sene
Sene was drafted 10th overall in 2006 by Seattle. He was viewed as a prospect that needed a lot of development so he spent the majority of his rookie season in the NBA D-League.
His second season was the same situation, playing sparingly in the NBA while playing most of the season in the D-League again. By his third season, he was with the team when they relocated, he played in only five games before being waived in 2009. He last played in the NBA with the New York Knicks in 2009, playing in the final regular-season game.
In three seasons with the Sonics/Thunder, Sene played in only 46 games. For a high draft pick, that is not necessarily a great selection by the Sonics.
#19 – Mickaël Gelabale
Gelable was selected 48th overall by the SuperSonics in 2005 but opted to stay in Real Madrid for one season to develop.
He finally joined Seattle in 2006 and played in 70 games, averaging 4.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. In his second season, he was buried deep in the depth chart and tore his ACL halfway through the 2007-08 season. After the season, he bounced around multiple teams overseas and even had a stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2012-13 season. He is still playing today with Èlan Chalon in France.
#21 – Damien Wilkins
Wilkins went undrafted in 2004 but made Seattle’s roster and was with the team for five seasons. He was a role player for the team with his best season came in 2007-08 where he averaged 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.
He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009 and bounced around multiple teams after that. Wilkins last played for the Indiana Pacers in the 2017-18 season.
#22 – Jeff Green
Outside of Kevin Durant, Green is the most memorable player to last play under the Seattle SuperSonics tenure. He was drafted 5th overall by the Boston Celtics in 2007 but was traded to Seattle on draft night in the famous Ray Allen trade.
Green and Durant formed a nice young duo, earning NBA All-Rookie First-Team honors in 2008. He was a consistent starter for the Sonics/Thunder, averaging as high as 16.5 points in his 2008-09 with the Thunder.
Since then, Green has bounced around multiple teams but has always been a nice scoring option wherever he has played. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards where he averaged 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 77 games with 44 starts.
#25 – Earl Watson
Watson first started his NBA career with Seattle in 2001 and averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 assists in 64 games. He left the team and had stints with Memphis and Denver before joining the Sonics once again.
He was the starting point guard for Seattle’s final season, averaging 10.7 points and 6.8 assists per game. Watson was with the team in its first year in Oklahoma City as a role player. He bounced around a few teams before ultimately retiring in 2014 with the Portland Trail Blazers.
In his post-playing career, he was an assistant coach for the G-League Austin Spurs and Phoenix Suns before being promoted to head coach in Phoenix. His tenure was short, only coaching 118 games, compiling a 33-85 record.
#27 – Johan Petro
Petro was drafted 25th overall by Seattle in 2005 after spending a few seasons overseas in France. He started a few games for the Sonics but was more of a role player, averaging six points during his time there. He started off the 2008-09 season with Oklahoma City but was traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he was again in a bench role.
He signed with the then-New Jersey Nets in 2010 where he averaged 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Petro actually holds the honor in scoring the final point for the Nets under the New Jersey banner. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in 2012 and in his final season in the NBA where he averaged 3.5 points in 31 games.
His post NBA career consisted of stints in China, Puerto Rico, and the G-League. He signed with the BIG3 this past year to join their draft pool but was not selected by a team.
#31 – Robert Swift
Swift entered the draft directly after high school in 2004. He was drafted 12th overall and was viewed as a long-term project for the team. He played in only 16 games in his first season, averaging one point, 0.3 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks in 4.5 minutes. His sophomore season saw some improvement, averaging 6.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 47 games.
Swift was looked at to be the starting center in his third year but unfortunately tore his ACL just minutes in the first preseason game. He played in only eight games in Seattle’s final season and played in another 26 games in Oklahoma City’s first season. That was the last we have seen of Swift in an NBA uniform.
After the NBA, he spent time in the D-League and Japan. He recently came back to basketball and is currently the starting center for Círculo Gijón, a third-tier club for Spain’s LEB Plata.
#35 – Kevin Durant
Easily the best player for Seattle’s final roster. Durant was drafted #2 overall in 2007 after a stellar one-year career for Texas. He became a star right away, averaging 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals on route to winning the 2008 Rookie of the Year.
Once the team relocated, the Thunder drafted Russell Westbrook and the rest is history, forming one of the best one-two punches in the modern era. Durant consistently made OKC a playoff threat and help the team reach the NBA Finals in 2012. After nine seasons, he decided to join the Golden State Warriors, helping the team win two straight (potentially three) championships.
As a Thunder, he was named a seven-time All-Star and earned five All-NBA First Team selections. Add a league MVP and four scoring titles, Durant is one of the best players in Oklahoma/Seattle franchise history. Imagine if the team never moved?
#42 – Donyell Marshall
Marshall was drafted 4th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. During his career, he was known as a three-point shooter, having a career percentage of 35%. At one point, he shared the record for most three-pointers in a single game with 12, joining Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry.
Marshal had a solid career, playing for multiple teams, which included a career-best 16.2 points and 10.7 rebounds in 2003-04 with the Toronto Raptors. He played for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the beginning of the 2005 season and was with the team until 2008 when he was traded to Seattle in a three-team 11 player deal. He ended up playing in only 15 games for the team, averaging 3.8 points before retiring after the 2009 season. After his playing career, Marshall moved to the coaching role and is currently the head coach for the Central Connecticut Blue Devils.
#44 – Adrian Griffin
Griffin started his NBA career in 1999 with the Boston Celtics. He spent two seasons there before joining the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and the Chicago Bulls. Like Donyell Marshall, he was involved in the three-team that sent him to Seattle. Griffin ended his playing career in 2008 after 13 games for the Sonics, averaging 1.1 points.
Shortly after retiring, Griffin was an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and bounced around with multiple teams and is currently an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors.
#54 – Chris Wilcox
Wilcox was a National Champion for Maryland in 2002 and was selected 8th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. He was a role player for the Clippers and was eventually traded to Seattle midway through the 2005-06 season.
Wilcox gained a bigger role, being named the starting power forward. In two and a half seasons as the starter, he averaged 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 173 games. When the team relocated to Oklahoma City, his role diminished and was then traded to the New York Knicks towards the end of the 2008-09 season. He spent his final three years in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics before retiring from the NBA in 2012.