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Serge Ibaka | Center/Forward

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Republic of Congo
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Serge Ibaka (ankle) notched 12 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes as a starter on Sunday.
Ibaka's ruptured left calf has fully healed, the sore hamstring that nagged him during the World Cup is no longer an issue, and he was only held out of preseason games as a precaution. The Defensive Player of the Year candidate has improved his scoring and rebounding over each of the past three seasons. Fantasy owners will be even more appreciative of his phenomenal durability during his NBA career, as he's played in 97.0 percent of all regular-season games. Oct 19 - 9:46 PM

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Serge Ibaka (ankle) will start against the Timberwolves on Sunday.

He returned to action on Friday and it looks like his ankle injury is progressing smoothly. Ibaka will have to carry a larger load while Kevin Durant recovers from his foot injury so Ibaka will easily have borderline first-round value.
Oct 19 - 6:18 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) returned to action on Friday, logging 21 minutes with eight points, six rebounds and no steals or blocks.

Ibaka was moving around well tonight but was certainly knocking off some rust. He is a solid late first round selection in 9-cat leagues and in 8-cat leagues he can be green-lighted closer to the turn between first and second rounds.
Oct 18 - 12:40 AM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) will make his preseason debut Friday night vs. the Raptors.

Ibaka will see somewhere between 15-20 minutes which is a pretty standard number for starters during a preseason game. His ankle injury was never considered serious, and owners can feel confident drafting last year's leader in total blocked shots towards the end of the first round.
Oct 17 - 6:31 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) went through a full practice on Monday and "looked good," according to Scott Brooks.

Ibaka is very close to making a return, and he should be 100 percent by the start of the regular season. Ibaka will be asked to do more offensively with Kevin Durant (foot) on the sidelines, which might hurt his field goal percentage a bit. However, he still profiles as a solid late-first round pick in standard leagues.
Oct 13 - 5:00 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason game vs. Dallas.

There was a report on Thursday that Ibaka was expected to play, but it seems the Thunder will give him another day of rest. Ibaka participated fully in practice on Thursday, and went through shootaround on Friday, so while he will not be playing in a meaningless preseason game, it appears he's very close to returning. Ibaka has been a pillar of health throughout his career, as he's only missed three games in the past three seasons, and we're expecting him to be 100 percent on opening night. Feel free to take a late-first round pick on the shot blocking phenom.
Oct 10 - 3:22 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) is scheduled to play in the Thunder's preseason game against Dallas on Friday.

Ibaka missed Wednesday's exhibition game as a precaution, but it appears he is ready to get back on the court. After sitting out the FIBA World Cup due to a lingering calf issue, its unfortunate that Ibaka now has to deal with an ankle inury. However, Ibaka has only missed three games in the last three years so injuries are not a concern.
Oct 9 - 5:54 PM

Serge Ibaka's sprained ankle will prevent him from playing in Wednesday's exhibition.

Ibaka recovered from his torn calf over the summer and was able to play in the FIBA World Cup, but the Thunder are being extra-cautious this preseason. He was on the court taking mid-range jumpers after Tuesday's practice and we expect him to be completely healthy on opening night.
Oct 7 - 2:05 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) did not practice on Monday.

Ibaka was also withheld from Sunday's scrimmage, but this seems more precautionary than anything. Ibaka's been an ironman throughout his career, and he only missed one game last season, so we're not reading much into this. He should be 100 percent by the start of the regular season, and he's a solid pick near the end of the first round of drafts in standard leagues.
Oct 6 - 2:27 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) is being held out of Sunday's scrimmage as a precautionary move.

He was not limping and it appears the Thunder are just being cautious with their star PF. It should be noted that Ibaka took part in the FIBA tournament this summer, however, he appeared to he hampered by his calf injury from the 2013-14 NBA playoffs and even had a hamstring issue during the tournament. We are considering him proable for opening night and we expect him to be near 100% by then. Target him near the end of the first round in standard drafts.
Oct 5 - 4:17 PM

Kendrick Perkins said on Monday that he "expects a lot more out of Serge [Ibaka]."

"With Serge, it’s not necessarily with his overall game," Perkins said. "I think it’s more mental. I just want to see if he’s grown and matured as far as what he’s thinking." Perkins should probably be more concerned with himself based on how he's consistently been one of the worst players in the NBA based on player efficiency rating. Ibaka has led the NBA in total blocks in each of the last four seasons and made an impressive 47.0 percent of his mid-range shots last year. He's a solid target at the end of the first round.
Sep 30 - 11:13 PM

Serge Ibaka only managed two points on 1-of-7 shooting against France on Wednesday.

He and Marc Gasol both struggled in the front court, leading to Spain only scoring 52 total points. Ibaka struggled with his lingering calf and hamstring injury in the tournament and unfortunately was unable to help Spain hold off a surging France team. He is still a fantasy hoops stud heading into next season.
Sep 10 - 6:36 PM

Serge Ibaka missed Saturday's FIBA game for Spain due to a sore hamstring.

This is actually good news, as last we heard he was still not 100 percent recovered from a ruptured left calf. Keep in mind it's still August, and Ibaka has plenty of time to get himself fully healthy before the season kicks off around Halloween. Ibaka should be one of the first power forwards taken in fantasy drafts this year.
Aug 30 - 4:17 PM

Serge Ibaka (calf) is still not 100 percent after rupturing his left calf during the 2013-14 NBA playoffs.

While Ibaka is planning on playing for Spain in September's World Cup of Basketball, he disclosed that his ruptured calf isn't fully healed. "I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better," Ibaka said. "I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time." The Thunder would likely prohibit Ibaka from playing in the World Cup if he isn't fully healed by September, which could serve as good news for fantasy owners who want the big man healthy for the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 11:18 AM

Serge Ibaka (calf) will play for Spain in the FIBA World Cup, according to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

The event begins in late August, giving Ibaka another month to fully recover from the calf strain which nearly ended his postseason on May 16. He's slated to join Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol in a dominant Spanish frontcourt, with an equally impressive backcourt led by Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, Sergio Rodriguez and Victor Claver.
Source: El Mundo
Jun 24 - 4:58 PM

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