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Serge Ibaka | Center/Forward

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 245
College: Republic of Congo
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Serge Ibaka scored a team-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting vs. the Wolves, hitting two 3-pointers with six rebounds, one block and one turnover in 20 minutes.
He took eight of his shots from beyond 15 feet and seemed to emphasize corner 3-pointers, so early indications are that coach Billy Donovan will give him free reign to shoot from the perimeter. That's a mixed blessing for fantasy owners, as increased 3-point totals are accompanied by lower FG percentages, but Ibaka remains a steady early-round pick in nearly all formats. Oct 7 - 11:14 PM

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Thunder GM Sam Presti stated on Wednesday that he believes Serge Ibaka had the best summer out of all of OKC's players in terms of "improvement and overall development."

Ibaka has been fully cleared for training camp, and we fully believe Serge is primed for a bounce-back year with the Thunder. His rebounding and shot blocking dipped a bit last season, but Presti said that newly appointed head coach Billy Donovan spent the offseason watching every single one of OKC's games over the past two years, so he'll likely put forth a plan to rectify those numbers.
Sep 23 - 1:04 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee) has been fully cleared for training camp.

Ibaka was forced to miss the final 18 games of the 2014-15 season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, but he'll be fully ready to compete when the 2015-16 season kicks off on October 28. It is worth noting that Thunder GM Sam Presti said that Serge has experienced some "discomfort" in his right knee this summer, but he's still been fully cleared for camp which would suggest he’ll be fine. Serge was a slow starter last year, largely due to the injuries of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, but he eventually got to his usual first-round output after the All-Star break. He's been sliding in drafts, so he could pan out to be a third-round steal on draft day.
Sep 23 - 11:58 AM

Serge Ibaka (right knee surgery) is in South Africa for the first ever NBA Africa game, but Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reports that Ibaka has not been cleared to play.

Ibaka had surgery on Mar. 17 and was given an initial timetable of 4-6 weeks, so this raises some concerns for the Thunder. It's probable that OKC is simply being extra cautious with Ibaka to avoid any unnecessary setbacks, and we'll pass along more information as soon as possible. For the record, Ibaka said that if he's "100 percent" he will play for Spain during the EuroBasket tournament which begins in early September.
Jul 28 - 8:02 PM

In an interview with Gigantes Del Basket, Serge Ibaka (knee) confirmed that he wants to play for Spain at Eurobasket this summer.

"If I’m 100 percent, I would like to play at the Eurobasket," Ibaka said. "If I’m not, I don’t think the Thunder would let me play." Ibaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Mar. 17, and considering his initial timetable for recovery was 4-6 weeks, he should be good to go. We will update his status once we know more, but as of right now it looks like he will be playing at Eurobasket this summer which bodes well for his outlook during the 2015-16 NBA season.
Jun 13 - 1:37 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee) has reportedly told the Spanish Federation that he's available to play at EuroBasket with the National Team.

Ibaka had arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee back in March, but his recovery timetable was set at 4-6 weeks, so he should be close to 100 percent healthy by now. Ibaka's numbers dipped during the 2014-15 season, as he put in averages of 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 three-pointers per game, but that was still good enough for second-round value. Part of Ibaka's decline in value was due to the fact that he spent a lot more time on the perimeter hoisting up 3-point shots, which led to a decline in his field goal percentage and took away from some rebounding opportunities. It'll be interesting to see how he is used in new head coach Billy Donovan's system.
Jun 12 - 10:19 AM

Serge Ibaka (knee) is reportedly feeling better and is aiming to play in EuroBasket.

Ibaka looks to have avoided serious injury during the 2014-15 playoffs and will look to have a bounce-back 2015-16 season after a bit of a down year. While the 25-year-old saw his numbers take a dip, he was still able to average 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.2 three-pointers per game and will warrant an early-round selection in all fantasy drafts.
Source: El Mundo
Jun 9 - 10:48 AM

Serge Ibaka said that he was aiming to play Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs.

While it would have been great to see Ibaka return during the post-season, he now has the entire offseason to get 100 percent healthy for next year. Ibaka's knee procedure was a relatively minor operation, so there's no reason to think he'll have any lingering issues with this next season. Ibaka did have a bit of a down year, but that had a lot more to do with the catastrophic injuries that hit OKC's roster through the year. Even in a down year, Ibaka posted an elite 2.4 blocks per game while hitting a career-high 1.2 three-pointers per game. He remains an early-round asset in all formats.
Apr 16 - 2:54 PM

Scott Brooks officially ruled out Serge Ibaka for the remainder of the regular-season on Sunday.

Ibaka never really had a shot at returning to action before the regular-season ended, so this news shouldn't be surprising to anyone. Steven Adams, Nick Collison, and Enes Kanter will continue to help fill the void in his absence, with Kanter obviously offering the most upside.
Apr 12 - 4:54 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee) was seen getting up some shots during Friday's pregame warmups.

He still is not practicing, but this is a very small step in the right direction. It's extremely unlikely Serge is able to return before the regular-season ends, so he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues. Steven Adams, Nick Collison, and Enes Kanter will continue to man the frontcourt in his absence.

Serge Ibaka (knee) still isn't close to returning to action according to head coach Scott Brooks.

It doesn't appear that Ibaka will be able to return for the regular season, and the Thunder have just recently slipped behind the Pelicans for the eight seed in the Western Conference. We will update Ibaka's status once we know more, but he belongs on the wire in all re-draft leagues. Enes Kanter and Steven Adams will continue to hold down the fort in the paint.
Apr 8 - 1:16 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee) has yet to resume practicing and his return date is unknown.

Ibaka had surgery on Mar. 17 and was given an initial timetable of 4-6 weeks, which he later suggested could be shortened to 3-4 weeks. OKC's game on Tuesday marks the three-week threshold but there's still no indication that he's ready to get on the court and fantasy owners can't rely on him for any regular-season production. Steven Adams will continue to share the frontcourt with red-hot Enes Kanter until Ibaka is fully recovered.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 7 - 6:50 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee) said on Saturday that he hopes his 4-6 week timetable is only 3-4 weeks.

According to the earlier timetable, the earliest Ibaka would have returned would be on the regular season finale. With the new timetable, he's still looking at a best-case scenario playing on Apr. 10 for the last four games of the season. OKC said they were going to be very careful with Kevin Durant (foot), so one would think they'd do the same with Ibaka. He can remain on the wire in almost all leagues.
Mar 21 - 5:54 PM

Serge Ibaka will miss the next 4-6 weeks of action after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to help eliminate persistent soreness in his right knee.

That timeline will keep Ibaka out for the remainder of the regular season, so it's safe to drop him in all re-draft leagues at this point. Enes Kanter, Steven Adams, Mitch McGary, and Nick Collison will all be asked to help fill the void with Ibaka sidelined, and Russell Westbrook will somehow be asked to do more than what he's already been doing. Adams is worth an add in standard leagues, while McGary is worth a look in deeper formats. For what it's worth, Thunder GM Sam Presti said an MRI revealed no structural damage to Serge’s knee, and there aren't expected to be any long-term consequences with this procedure.

ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that Serge Ibaka is currently undergoing knee surgery, and according to his source, he's expected to be out for "a few weeks."

This is some pretty devastating news for fantasy owners, especially considering has only missed one game in the past four seasons. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but it seems very likely that Serge is looking at an extended absence, and owners fighting to make it through the first round of the fantasy playoffs will now need to consider dropping Ibaka. Enes Kanter, Steven Adams, Mitch McGary, and Nick Collison will all pick up the slack in Ibaka's absence, with Kanter and Adams offering the most upside.

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SF1Kevin Durant
2Kyle Singler
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PF1Serge Ibaka
2Nick Collison
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4Talib Zanna
C1Enes Kanter
2Steven Adams
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