Josh Giddey records 12/7/3/1/2 line vs. Wizards
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 9:24 PM
Josh Giddey finished Friday's 147-106 win over Washington with 12 points (5-of-8 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks, and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.
Analysis: Like the other starters, Giddey did not play at all during the fourth quarter of Friday's rout. While his overall season has been disappointing regarding fantasy value, the third-year guard has provided 12th-round value in 9-cat formats over the past two weeks. That isn't great, but it does represent an improvement for Giddey, who remains outside the top 150 in season-long value. With Gordon Hayward (eight points, six rebounds, and one assist in 15 minutes) working his way back to game shape after missing an extended period due to injury, Giddey's minutes should be safe for now. Whether or not that changes before the fantasy playoffs is something worth tracking.
Chet Holmgren sets franchise rookie record vs. WAS
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 9:19 PM
Chet Holmgren logged 23 minutes in Friday's blowout of the Wizards, accounting for 25 points (11-of-14 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 10 rebounds, one steal, two blocks, and two 3-pointers.
Analysis: Holmgren only needed 23 minutes to record his 16th double-double of the season as the Thunder ran their overmatched opponents off the floor. The 16 double-doubles are a franchise rookie record. While Victor Wembanyama may be the unquestioned frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors, Holmgren's impact on winning cannot be ignored. Oklahoma City has been one of the best teams in the NBA, and the rookie out of Gonzaga has outperformed his Yahoo ADP (44) by a considerable margin.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 30 in 30 minutes
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 9:17 PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot 10-of-17 from the field and 9-of-9 from the foul line in Friday's win over the Wizards, tallying 30 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one blocked shot, and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.
Analysis: The Wizards led by a 117-81 margin at the end of the third quarter, so there was no reason for Gilgeous-Alexander to play in the fourth. He has now scored 30 points or more in 41 games this season, four shy of his total for the 2022-23 campaign. SGA has been mentioned in some MVP conversations, and rightfully so, as he has been the focal point for one of the league's best teams. He could be in for another big game to end Week 17, as the Thunder will visit the struggling Rockets on Sunday.
Josh Giddey posts 12/5/2/0/1 line vs. Clippers
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 11:26 PM
Josh Giddey finished with 12 points (4-of-10 FGs), five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer against the Clippers on Thursday.
Analysis: It has been a disappointing season for Giddey, and this game was more of the same. He only played 23 minutes, and Isaiah Joe ended up starting the second half in his place. Joe only contributed nine points across 19 minutes, and he shouldn't be considered a pickup just because he was on the court to start the third quarter. While Giddey's struggles haven't slowed down the Thunder as a team, it has been frustrating for fantasy managers. Mark Daigneault hasn't made a change to the starting lineup, and there is no reason to think that will change just because Giddey was benched to start the second half on Thursday.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finishes with 31/4/8/1/2
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 11:22 PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 31 points (12-of-19 FGs), four rebounds, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in a 129-107 win over the Clippers on Thursday.
Analysis: The All-Star break didn't do much to throw off SGA's rhythm. He was able to extend his 30-point streak to three games while still filling up the stat sheet. He was also able to get revenge after struggling in their last matchup with the Clippers. In fact, he had 19 points in that game, which is one of three games that he scored less than 20 points this season. SGA has been otherworldly all year, and there is no reason to think that he will slow down soon. They host Washington on Friday before wrapping up the week in Houston on Sunday.
Bismack Biyombo to make OKC debut vs. Clippers
Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 1:12 PMBrandon Rahbar on X
Bismack Biyombo will make his debut for the Thunder against the Clippers on Thursday.
Analysis: Biyombo didn't play in OKC's final game before the All-Star break, but he will be available to make his debut on Thursday. It's unclear if he will see the floor, but he will be another option behind Chet Holmgren. However, he won't see enough minutes to make any impact in fantasy.
Gordon Hayward says he's ready to play Thursday
Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 12:54 PMBrandon Rahbar on Twitter
Gordon Hayward (left calf strain) said he's ready to play Thursday against the Clippers, according to Daily Thunder's Brandon Rahbar.
Analysis: Hayward will take the court for the first time since December 26, but it's unlikely he will play big minutes in his first game in nearly two months.
Jalen Williams drops 33 points in win over Magic
Tue, Feb 13, 2024, 9:54 PM
Jalen Williams led the Thunder with 33 points (12-of-18 FGs), two rebounds, three assists, one steal and three triples in a 127-113 win over the Magic on Tuesday.
Analysis: JDub missed three games to start this month due to an ankle injury, but he has been fantastic in three of his four games since he returned. He only had nine points in their blowout loss to Dallas, but he is still averaging 25 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.3 triples during this stretch. The steals are down after he was unreal as a rookie, but he has still been a top-50 player this season and has nearly provided top-25 value over the last two weeks. That is encouraging for his long-term value, especially if the steals return.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finishes with 32/3/5/2/1
Tue, Feb 13, 2024, 9:45 PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lit up Orlando on Tuesday with 32 points (11-of-24 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), three rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.
Analysis: SGA struggled in the first half of this game and had eight points on 3-of-11 shooting before the break. However, he started the second half off by making his first six shots and scored 15 points in the third quarter and added nine more in the fourth. He also shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line in this game, which was a nice bounce back performance after an uncharacteristic 5-of-9 outing from the charity stripe on Sunday. This was their last game before the All-Star break, so their next game will be against the Clippers on February 22nd.
Chet Holmgren posts 13/9/1/1/5 line vs. Magic
Tue, Feb 13, 2024, 9:20 PM
Chet Holmgren posted a full line on Tuesday with 13 points (4-of-8 FGs), nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, five blocks and a 3-pointer against Orlando.
Analysis: Holmgren came close to recording a double-double, but he was still able to post a full line and provide excellent value for fantasy managers, as he has all season. This was the third time in his last four games that he has swatted at least four shots, and he has at least one block in 17 straight games. He didn't need to score much with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Williams combining to score 65, but he was able to contribute in other categories, which is where most of his fantasy value has come from this season.
Bismack Biyombo ruled out Tuesday vs. Magic
Sun, Feb 11, 2024, 5:26 PMBrett Dawson on Twitter
Bismack Biyombo will not be available for Tuesday's game against the Magic.
Analysis: Needing another big man after not addressing that issue before the trade deadline, Oklahoma City signed Biyombo to a deal for the remainder of the season on Saturday. He wasn't available for either of the Thunder's two games this weekend and will miss Tuesday's matchup with Orlando. The expectation is that Biyombo will be available after the All-Star break. There's no need to add him, as his fantasy value depends on starter Chet Holmgren's availability.
Chet Holmgren rejects four shots, scores 14 points
Sun, Feb 11, 2024, 5:23 PM
Chet Holmgren shot 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in Sunday's 127-113 win over Sacramento, accounting for 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots in 30 minutes.
Analysis: Holmgren's four rebounds were the fewest in a game for him since January 11 (four vs. Portland), but he made up for that by doing nearly everything else for the Thunder. He accounted for four blocks and two steals, the second time in three games where he's tallied at least six âstocks.â While the rookie may not produce gaudy point totals, he ranks among the best centers in fantasy basketball due to his efficiency and defensive production.
Luguentz Dort racks up four âstocks' vs. Kings
Sun, Feb 11, 2024, 5:17 PM
Luguentz Dort played 33 minutes in Sunday's 127-113 win over Sacramento, accounting for 17 points (5-of-9 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, three steals, one block, and three 3-pointers.
Analysis: One day after he shot 1-of-6 from three and played 18 ineffective minutes in a loss to Dallas, Dort bounced back on Sunday. While the offensive output was sound, as the defensive stopper shot better than 50% from the field and scored 17 points, the steals and blocks were also present. In his prior six appearances, Dort accounted for three steals and two blocked shots, disappointing numbers from a defender of his caliber. That wasn't an issue on Sunday, and Dort is averaging a career-high 0.7 blocks per game this season. Being rostered in deep leagues is his fantasy ceiling, and that shouldn't change when Gordon Hayward is cleared to play, likely after the All-Star break.
Jalen Williams scores 32 with nine assists vs. SAC
Sun, Feb 11, 2024, 5:08 PM
Jalen Williams shot 13-of-19 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in Sunday's 127-113 win over Sacramento, accounting for 32 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
Analysis: Like teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, JDub had his way with the Kings on Sunday. One assist shy of his first double-double since January 10 vs. Miami, Williams' 32 points were the most he's tallied in a game since December 27 (36 vs. New York), and he's scored 20 or more in four of his last five. He's provided 5th-round per-game value for the season in 8- and 9-cat formats, performing slightly better in the latter. While last season's runner-up for Rookie of the Year was expected to be an improved player in his second season, few fantasy managers expected Williams to sit within the top 50 based on his Yahoo ADP (65).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drops 38 and a full line
Sun, Feb 11, 2024, 4:53 PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished Sunday's 127-113 win over Sacramento with 38 points (15-of-26 FGs, 5-of-9 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks, and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
Analysis: Gilgeous-Alexander ended a streak of three consecutive games of not scoring at least 30 points impressively on Sunday, pumping 38 points against the Kings. He remained efficient, shooting better than 50% from the field while dishing out seven assists and recording a full stat line. The only issue on Sunday was his foul shooting, as SGA made five of his nine attempts. He remains the highest-ranked player in 9-cat formats, trailing only Joel Embiid in 8-cat, and the reigning MVP is currently sidelined with a knee injury. Oklahoma City plays four games during Week 17, with only one coming before the All-Star break (Tuesday at Orlando).
Chet Holmgren grabs 12 rebounds vs. Mavericks
Sat, Feb 10, 2024, 4:31 PM
Chet Holmgren finished Saturday's loss to Dallas with 13 points (4-of-7 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 12 rebounds, one block, and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Analysis: Holmgren did have some foul trouble to deal with, but the more significant issue for him (and his teammates) was Dallas. Given the rookie credit for recording a double-double, but his impact was muted due partially to the addition of Daniel Gafford to the Mavericks' rotation. Holmgren continues to provide top-20 per-game value in 9-cat formats while ranking just outside the top 25 in 8-cat. Oklahoma City plays one more game before the All-Star break, Tuesday night in Orlando.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 25 in blowout loss
Sat, Feb 10, 2024, 4:30 PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line in Saturday's 146-111 loss to the Mavericks, accumulating 25 points, six rebounds, five assists, and one blocked shot in 29 minutes.
Analysis: Saturday's game got out of hand in the first quarter, with Dallas scoring 47 points, and the Thunder were finished for good by the end of the third. As a result, Gilgeous-Alexander did not play at all in the fourth, limiting his statistical output. He's failed to score at least 30 points in three consecutive games, his most extended âcold spellâ (if you want to call it that) of the season. SGA hasn't failed to score at least 20 in a game since January 16 (19 vs. LA Clippers). Oklahoma City plays four games during the lengthy Week 17, beginning with the Magic in its final game before the All-Star break on Tuesday.
Bismack Biyombo signs with OKC for rest of season
Sat, Feb 10, 2024, 12:13 PMVincent Goodwill on X
Bismack Biyombo has signed with the Thunder for the rest of the season.
Analysis: The Thunder lacked depth at center, and Biyombo should be able to provide that. He played well as the starting center in Memphis earlier this season, but it is unlikely that he sees enough of a role with the Thunder to consider him in fantasy.
Isaiah Joe (sternum) removed from injury report
Fri, Feb 9, 2024, 6:05 PMNBA Injury Report
Isaiah Joe (sternum contusion) has been removed from the injury report for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.
Analysis: Joe has missed Oklahoma City's last four games, resulting in more minutes for fellow reserve Aaron Wiggins. Both should be in the rotation on Saturday, but they're risky plays in most fantasy leagues. Joe has been the better fantasy option this season, ranking just outside the top 200 in 9-cat formats.
Thunder sign Lindy Waters III to full contract
Fri, Feb 9, 2024, 4:30 PMRylan Stiles on X
Lindy Waters III has signed a multi-year contract with the Thunder.
Analysis: Waters was previously on a two-way contract, but now he will be on a multi-year contract. He has only played 7.3 minutes per game in 21 games this season, and his role shouldn't change much with this move.