Oklahoma City Thunder
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Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans heading to OKC in draft day trade
Thu, Jun 22, 2023, 8:04 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
Davis Bertans has been traded to the Thunder as part of a draft day deal, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Analysis: Bertans will join the Thunder, as Dallas moved down two spots to get his contract off of their books. Bertans hasn't been able to replicate his shooting production from a few seasons ago since he signed a big contract. Whether he stays in OKC or is moved elsewhere, Bertans will provide shooting. However, he hasn't been able to stay on the court the last two years, so he won't impact fantasy basketball much.
Aleksej Pokusevski
Aleksej Pokusevski suffers fractured right arm
Thu, Jun 1, 2023, 6:06 PM
Clemente Almanza on Twitter
Aleksej Pokusevski suffered a small fracture of his right humerus bone during a workout in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Analysis: Pokusevski's 2022-23 season came to a premature end due to a left knee contusion, and now he's dealing with another injury. Poku suffered a small fracture of his right humerus bone (upper arm) and will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks. Given the timeline, Pokusevski should not be at risk of missing the start of training camp in September. However, the recent injury issues are a concern regarding his ability to consistently contribute to the Thunder rotation and be of value to fantasy managers.
Kenrich Williams
Kenrich Williams undergoes second wrist procedure
Fri, May 19, 2023, 10:24 AM
Thunder Wire
On Tuesday, Kenrich Williams underwent a second procedure to remove hardware from his left wrist.
Analysis: Williams underwent season-ending surgery on his left wrist in early March, with the procedure addressing a ruptured scapholunate ligament. The second procedure was done to remove the hardware that stabilized Williams' wrist. His timeline for a return to action has not changed, with the expectation being that Kenny Hustle will be good to go when the next season begins. While Williams didn't offer a great deal fantasy-wise this season, he has been a valuable option in the Thunder rotation.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander among All-NBA first team
Wed, May 10, 2023, 6:09 PM
NBA Communications on Twitter
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid were named first-team All-NBA.
Analysis: While four of the five players named All-NBA first team have received all-league honors of some kind in their respective careers, that was not the case for Gilgeous-Alexander. He had an outstanding season, leading a team many assumed would tank to within one win of the 8-seed in the West. Also of importance within the first team is the inclusion of Tatum, who is now eligible for a supermax that could potentially pay him more than $310 million.
Luguentz Dort
Lu Dort knocks down four 3-pointers, scores 17 PTS
Sat, Apr 15, 2023, 12:11 AM
Lu Dort logged 36 minutes in Friday's 120-95 loss to the Timberwolves, posting a line of 17 points (6-of-14 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and four 3-pointers.
Analysis: Dort's shooting in the Thunder's two play-in games is a positive that he can take into the offseason. After shooting 33.0% from deep for the season, Dort shot 8-of-16 from beyond the arc in games against the Pelicans and Timberwolves. Two games don't make someone a bonafide shooter, and that's an area where Dort has to take the next step if he's to be a viable fantasy option. And that will also be key for a Thunder rotation that boasts two playmakers in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. Dort had a Yahoo ADP of 140.7, and he finished the season ranked well below that point in 8- and 9-cat formats. His status as a starter and defensive ability makes Dort a player worthy of late-round consideration, but the offensive deficiencies limit his ceiling.
Jalen Williams
Jalen Williams posts 17/4/5/3 stat line in finale
Sat, Apr 15, 2023, 12:02 AM
Jalen Williams shot 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line in Friday's 120-95 loss to the Timberwolves, scoring 17 points with four rebounds, five assists, three steals, and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
Analysis: Friday was a mixed bag for JDub. Hours after it was announced that he was one of three finalists for Rookie of the Year honors, Williams and his Thunder teammates saw their season end in disappointing fashion. While he shot 50% from the field a produced a solid stat line, JDub was also responsible for a team-worst four turnovers. That wasn't great, but Williams' play throughout his rookie season has excited the Thunder and fantasy managers. Entering the season with a Yahoo ADP of 143.6, JDub finished as a top-75 player in 8- and 9-cat formats. Expecting Williams to be a top 100 pick in the fall would be conservative, even with Chet Holmgren and Aleksej Pokusevski due to be in the fold.
Josh Giddey
Josh Giddey limited to six points in road defeat
Fri, Apr 14, 2023, 11:14 PM
Josh Giddey accounted for six points (2-of-13 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Friday's loss to the Timberwolves.
Analysis: Giddey and backcourt partner Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a brutal night shooting the basketball, as they combined to go 7-of-32 from the field. SGA was able to make up for that by getting to the foul line, which was no surprise given his free throw rate for the season. That wasn't the case for Giddey, who only attempted two free throws on the night. Entering the season with a Yahoo ADP of 58.6, Giddey's production was closer to that level in 8-cat formats than those of the 9-cat variety. Expecting top-75 value from him next season would be fair, especially with the addition of Chet Holmgren as another player capable of finishing plays set up by Giddey and SGA.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 22 with a full line
Fri, Apr 14, 2023, 11:13 PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot 5-of-19 from the field and 12-of-12 from the foul line in Friday's loss to the Timberwolves, accounting for 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks in 36 minutes.
Analysis: Gilgeous-Alexander didn't have his best night in Minneapolis, missing some shots that he would normally make. But Minnesota's defense, especially that of Nickeil Alexander-Walker, deserves credit for that. What also had a major impact on SGA's night was the elbow to the face that he took from Rudy Gobert. He was able to return after some time in the locker room receiving treatment but was nowhere near as aggressive. Eventually, the decision was made to pull the plug, ending SGA's season on a disappointing note. While the final chapter didn't have the ending that SGA or the Thunder wanted, this was a special season for him. He finished the year ranked third in 8- and 9-cat per-game value and should be a top-5 pick in drafts next season. He was the Rotoworld choice for Fantasy MVP due largely to his production after entering the season with a Yahoo ADP of 47.
Aleksej Pokusevski
Aleksej Pokusevski (knee) out again Friday vs. MIN
Thu, Apr 13, 2023, 4:51 PM
NBA Injury Report
Aleksej Pokusevski is out for Friday's play-in matchup against Minnesota due to a left knee contusion.
Analysis: Poku will be sidelined yet again, and there's no telling when he'll be available. If OKC wins Friday, the team will face Denver in the first round of the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.
Luguentz Dort
Lu Dort comes out hot, finishes with 27 points
Wed, Apr 12, 2023, 11:49 PM
Lu Dort accounted for 27 points (8-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), five rebounds, one assist, one block, and four 3-pointers in Wednesday's 123-118 win over the Pelicans.
Analysis: Dort, who played 36 minutes, came out hot in New Orleans. He hit four of his first six 3-point attempts, scoring 20 points in the first half. That was good enough to keep the Thunder in the lead despite Shai Gilgeous-Alexander being limited to seven points. SGA would score 25 points after halftime and combine with Josh Giddey to lead the way offensively after halftime, but Dort's first-half performances shouldn't be overlooked. After being given the task of defending Brandon Ingram on Wednesday, Dort will see Anthony Edwards on Friday. If he can provide offensive production as he did against the Pelicans, that would give the Thunder a welcome boost in their quest for a playoff berth.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 25 2nd-half points
Wed, Apr 12, 2023, 11:38 PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander accounted for 32 points (11-of-22 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), five rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 123-118 win over the Pelicans.
Analysis: Gilgeous-Alexander may have been a bit too passive in the first half, scoring just seven points. That wasn't an issue after halftime, with SGA scoring 17 points in the third quarter alone. The NBA's leader in 30-point games during the regular season notched another, combining with Josh Giddey and Lu Dort to score 90 of the Thunder's 123 points. Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder will look to earn their way into the playoffs with a win over the Timberwolves on Friday.
Josh Giddey
Josh Giddey records robust 30/9/10 line vs. Pels
Wed, Apr 12, 2023, 11:37 PM
Josh Giddey shot 11-of-22 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line in Wednesday's 123-118 win over the Pelicans, scoring 31 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists, one block, and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
Analysis: Giddey was outstanding in Wednesday's play-in tournament victory, finishing one rebound shy of a 30/10/10 stat line. The win made Oklahoma City the second 10-seed to win a game in the play-in tournament, mere hours after Chicago pulled off the feat in Toronto. Next up for Giddey and the Thunder is a game against Minnesota on Friday, with the winner getting Denver in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
Luguentz Dort
Thunder starting SGA, Giddey, Dort, JDub, JWill
Wed, Apr 12, 2023, 8:09 PM
Brandon Rahbar on Twitter
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, and Jaylin Williams will start Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
Analysis: All five sat out Sunday's win over the Grizzlies, as Oklahoma City was already locked into the 10-seed in the West. Gilgeous-Alexander has been an elite fantasy player this season and is worth placing in DFS lineups, while Giddey and JDub (Jalen Williams) will also have value.
Aleksej Pokusevski
Aleksej Pokusevski (knee) out Wednesday vs. NOP
Tue, Apr 11, 2023, 5:11 PM
NBA Injury Report
Aleksej Pokusevski is out for Wednesday's play-in game against the Pelicans due to a left knee contusion.
Analysis: Poku appeared in three games from March 28-31, but those were his only three contests since late December. Even if the Thunder make the playoffs, it's unlikely Poku sees enough minutes to make a meaningful impact after so much time on the sidelines.
Tre Mann
Tre Mann records first career triple-double
Sun, Apr 9, 2023, 5:11 PM
Tre Mann stuffed the stat sheet on Sunday with 24 points (9-for-16 FGs), 12 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers in a 115-100 win over Memphis.
Analysis: In game 82 last season, the Thunder played six players the entire game and lost by 50 to the Clippers. In game 82 this season, they only played seven guys to rest their starters for the play-in tournament. What a turnaround it has been for the Thunder, as they finished their regular season with a win on the back of Mann, who recorded the first triple-double of his career. Four players scored at least 20 points in this game. Jared Butler led the way with 25 points and five 3-pointers. Olivier Sarr added 22 points and 15 rebounds. Ousmane Dieng stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. None of these guys will play much in their play-in matchup with the Pelicans next week, but they were able to put up big numbers in this one.
Ousmane Dieng
OKC starting Butler, Mann, Dieng, JRE, Sarr
Sun, Apr 9, 2023, 1:59 PM
Joe Mussatto on Twitter
The Thunder will start Jared Butler, Tre Mann, Ousmane Dieng, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Olivier Sarr against the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Jaylin Williams
Jaylin Williams (back) out Sunday vs. Memphis
Sat, Apr 8, 2023, 9:48 PM
NBA Injury Report
Jaylin Williams (low back soreness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Memphis.
Analysis: Add JWill to the list of Thunder players who will sit out Sunday's game, which will have no impact on the team's seeding for the play-in tournament. Dario Saric and Olivier Sarr should see their minutes jump considerably, with the former being the player more likely to move into the starting lineup.
Luguentz Dort
Lu Dort, Jalen Williams ruled out Sunday vs. MEM
Sat, Apr 8, 2023, 12:05 PM
Rylan Stiles on Twitter
Lu Dort and Jalen Williams will not play in Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.
Analysis: With the Thunder locked into the 10-seed in the West, Dort, JDub, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Josh Giddey will all sit out Sunday's regular-season finale. The absences of the first two will free up additional minutes for Aaron Wiggins, Ousmane Dieng, and Lindy Waters. Wiggins has played well recently, which makes him worth a roll of the dice if your league is still active.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey out Sunday
Sat, Apr 8, 2023, 12:01 PM
Rylan Stiles on Twitter
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey will not play in Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.
Analysis: The Thunder are officially locked into the 10-seed in the West by virtue of Dallas' loss to Chicago on Friday, so there's no need to play their key players on Sunday. Gilgeous-Alexander and Giddey will rest in preparation for Wednesday's game against the 9-seed (which has yet to be determined), as well as Lu Dort and Jalen Williams. Expect to see a lot of Tre Mann and Isaiah Joe against Memphis.
Aaron Wiggins
Aaron Wiggins finishes win over Jazz with 15 PTS
Thu, Apr 6, 2023, 10:31 PM
Aaron Wiggins played 28 minutes in Thursday's 114-98 win over Utah, tallying 15 points (5-of-9 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one 3-pointer.
Analysis: Wiggins may not be a great fantasy option, but he's given the Thunder some good minutes as they look to clinch a play-in tournament berth. Counting Thursday, he's reached double figures in five straight games, shooting 50% or better from the field in each. Rostered in 2% of Yahoo leagues, Wiggins has been a 13th-round player over the last week. He won't be worth adding for Sunday's 15-game bonanza, but Wiggins is closing out the season on a positive note. And that's a pretty big deal since his contract for next season isn't guaranteed.


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