Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Russell Westbrook said that "moving the ball is ... something that [the Thunder] made a conscious effort" to improve this season.

The Thunder were seventh in offensive efficiency last year, but they ranked 25th in percentage of baskets assisted by a teammate. Westbrook's assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.8 ranked 43rd among qualifying point guards, so it's a good early sign that he's focused on sharing the ball.
Sep 30 - 6:53 PM

Russell Westbrook agreed with coach Scott Brooks' statement that he's the best point guard in the NBA.

After being told that his coach thinks he's the best point guard in the league, Westbrook said, "I'm very honored to hear him say that, but that's how I feel. I mean, I don't know what to tell you." Never short on confidence, Westbrook has a case for himself after averaging 26.7 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 7.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 2.2 steals during the 2013-14 postseason. While Chris Paul, Steph Curry, and John Wall all went before Westbrook in the Rotoworld Friends & Family draft, it wouldn't be a huge shock to see RW finish as fantasy's top point guard in 2014-15.
Source: ESPN
Sep 30 - 11:58 AM

Kendrick Perkins (quad) said he is down to 276 pounds at training camp.

He said he was all the way up to 298 pounds at the end of the season, which isn't a surprise. Perkins is going to miss a lot of training camp due to his quad injury and it may cost him his role as the starter. Hopefully you don't need us to tell you he's not worth drafting in any league.
Sep 30 - 12:56 AM

Reggie Jackson told media on Monday that he wants to be a starter this season because he wants "to be great."

"I want to be great ... I can't remember anyone great that wasn't a starter," said Jackson. Jackson's fantasy value is much better if he can beat out Anthony Morrow for the starting shooting guard position, and it helps his case that the Thunder have seen success running a Westbrook-Jackson backcourt. However, his value wouldn't be totally diminished if coach Scott Brooks decides to keep Jackson as the team's sixth man. Whether he's starting or coming off the bench, Jackson is a solid late-round target in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 5:39 PM

Kevin Durant said that he wants to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics.

Durant will be a free agent that summer, so it'll be interesting to see if he sticks to his words and plays (risks injury) with the US squad. Durant is coming off his first MVP-season in which he averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.4 three-pointers a game, and he is the consensus No. 1 overall pick in any format.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 29 - 4:33 PM

Mitch McGary said on Monday that he's 100 percent healthy.

He had a back injury limit him at Orlando Pro Summer League, but had a positive showing in the event with averages of 14.8 points, 5.8 boards and 1.8 blocks in 26.0 minutes per game. He'll have a chance to get in the rotation with Kendrick Perkins (quad) hurt.
Sep 29 - 1:42 PM

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said there is an open competition for the starting center spot.

If Steven Adams has half the preseason that he did last year, he's going to win the job. Kendrick Perkins (quad) is going to miss most of training camp and the opportunity is there. Adams makes for a great fit in the first unit due to his rebounding ability and the Thunder won't need him to do much on offense. At best, he's only a late-round target right now. Rookie Mitch McGary, who had a nice summer league, could also be a dark horse.
Sep 29 - 1:20 PM

Scott Brooks did not rule out Reggie Jackson as his starting shooting guard.

He's probably the favorite for the starting job ahead of newly-signed Anthony Morrow. The Thunder had a lot of success with a Westbrook-Jackson backcourt last season and the move would help Jackson's fantasy value. He would still likely get a lot of production with the second unit, which will help his usage rate immensely. Jackson is a great late-round target.
Sep 29 - 1:17 PM

Andre Roberson is emerging as the starting SG for the Thunder.

Darnell Mayberry, the team's beat writer, gave a 90 percent chance that Roberson would be the season-opening starter. The Thunder are most comfortable with a defensive-minded SG, in which Roberson would be the obvious choice over the likes of Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, and Anthony Morrow. He only averaged 1.9 points per game last season so he is off the fantasy radar.
Sep 28 - 4:55 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti is confident that the team will extend Reggie Jackson's contract before the start of the season.

OKC's management is expecting big things from Jackson, but he's stated in the past that he wants to start and he may balk at an extension if he isn't guaranteed a starting spot. The Thunder should make every effort to re-sign him after he averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 three pointers, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.1 steals last season, but keep in mind Russell Westbrook was out for an extended period.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 28 - 4:39 PM

Steven Adams is expected to get a chance to impress at training camp and could push for an expanded role this season.

Kendrick Perkins (quad) is out for much of training camp and hasn't done much to stay in the starting lineup. Despite playing mostly in the second unit, he still only had a usage rate of 11.6 and wasn't a big part of the offense. Adams also shot only 58.1 percent from the line and would have his fantasy value capped a bit.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 27 - 10:28 AM

Perry Jones III (knee) will be ready for training camp.

He played in four Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 boards, 1.0 blocks and 2.3 triples. Jones needed arthroscopic surgery just three days after summer league on July 14, so it's not a surprise to see him ready for camp. Despite the nice output this summer, he's still not an option in almost any fantasy league.
Sep 25 - 9:13 PM

Nick Collison (knee) will be ready for training camp.

He had his knee scoped back in June and was never expected to miss time at training camp. Collison has been a staple in the OKC second unit, but his stats haven't jumped off the page in almost a decade. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Sep 25 - 9:07 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are making every effort to sign Reggie Jackson to a contract extension.

Jackson will become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season if an extension is not signed before October 31. Thunder GM Sam Presti said that Jackson is a core member of the team and that the organization will go all-out to sign him to an extension. The 24-year-old averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.1 steals during the 2013-14 season, but will have a tough time surpassing those numbers in 2014-15 playing behind Russell Westbrook.
Sep 25 - 1:35 PM

Kendrick Perkins (quad) will be out for the start of training camp.

Thunder GM Sam Presti said that Perkins recently tweaked his quad and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. With Perk out, Steven Adams will get a chance to establish himself as OKC's starting center during training camp and could end up being a late-round steal in fantasy drafts.
Sep 25 - 12:44 PM

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