Player News - Thunder

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Steven Adams had a career-high 24 points during a 102-99 loss to the Rockets on Friday, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

He was 8-of-9 from both the line and the field in this gem. Quite remarkably, Adams is up to 77.0 percent from the line on his 3.2 attempts per game this season. That percentage is way up from his 58.2 percent from last year, which really explains his massive rise in the fantasy ranks despite a drop in block rate. He has sixth-round value on the season for standard leagues.
Dec 10 - 12:12 AM

Andre Roberson scored nine points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

He's playing some solid basketball and is easily being overshadowed by his point guard. Roberson is on his best five-game run of the year, averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.4 treys. He's an option in deeper leagues and always makes sense as a DFS tourney punt next to Russell Westbrook.
Dec 10 - 12:06 AM

Russell Westbrook posted his seventh consecutive triple-double in a loss to the Rockets on Friday, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and eight turnovers in 36 minutes.

He's the first player to triple-double for seven straight since Michael Jordan in 1989. On the other hand, his efficiency was bad today with 25 attempts from the field, making only eight of those. Westbrook's usage rate tonight (45.5) was higher than his true shooting percentage (44.6) and playing time. He's on a record pace for the season at 40.4 usage rate to go with these ridiculous triple-doubles. We've never seen a player like this.
Dec 10 - 12:02 AM

Enes Kanter played just 15 minutes and finished with 10 points, three rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in Monday's win.

Not a bad line for such limited minutes. He finished with three fouls and is losing minutes to Jerami Grant, but is still worth a hold in most leagues. He would have seen a lot more minutes tonight if Steven Adams had been unable to play through his ankle injury.
Dec 5 - 11:19 PM

Steven Adams, who was iffy coming in due to an ankle injury, started and had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes of Monday's win over the Hawks.

Adams was a game-time decision in this one, but played very well and looked pretty healthy to us.
Dec 5 - 11:17 PM

Russell Westbrook hit 10-of-22 shots, 3-of-8 3-pointers and 9-of-14 free throws for 32 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists, a steal, a block and just four turnovers in Monday's tough 102-99 win at Atlanta.

The dude is just sick and has now triple-doubled in six straight games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it seven straight times in 1989. He has 11 of them on the season, is averaging a triple-double on the season and has led the Thunder to six straight wins. Maybe he'll run out of gas one day, but then again, maybe he won't. Jordan had 15 triple-doubles in that 1988-89 season and Westbrook is on pace to destroy that number, possibly before Christmas.
Dec 5 - 11:13 PM

Steven Adams (ankle) is available to play Monday vs. the Hawks.

This comes on the heels of a report that Adams made it through his normal pre-game warmup routine. He had scored in double digits in the previous games before he picked up the injury on Sunday, so his owners should go ahead and make sure he's active in lineups.
Dec 5 - 6:09 PM

Steven Adams (ankle) is going through warmups and it "appears" that he's going to play Monday vs. the Hawks.

He was originally listed as questionable in the team's game notes after leaving Sunday's game early, but he's likely closer to probable now. Regardless, this confirms that he's simply day-to-day. If Adams is unable to go, Enes Kanter and Joffrey Lauvergne will be popular targets in DFS.
Dec 5 - 5:51 PM

Andre Roberson had a great all-around game on Sunday with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes.

Roberson defends the opposition's best swingman on a nightly basis, while his offensive game is basically limited to fastbreaks, cuts, and corner 3-pointers. He rarely draws much fantasy attention due to low offensive numbers, but he's quietly posting late-round 9-cat value on the strength of 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks, 0.9 three-pointers and just 0.6 turnovers per game. Thanks in part to his efforts, the Thunder have now won a season-high five games in a row.
Dec 4 - 9:46 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne started the second half on Sunday with Steven Adams (ankle) unavailable, finishing with four points and a season-high 11 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Lauvergne might find himself with another start if Adams can't return to face Dwight Howard and the Hawks on Monday. It doesn't help that it's a road game in Atlanta. Lauvergne will be a possible punt-play in DFS if Adams sits out, but that's about it.
Dec 4 - 9:45 PM

Enes Kanter double-doubled in 30 minutes on Sunday, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal.

Kanter took advantage of a bigger role with Steven Adams exiting early due to a sprained ankle. So far this season, his fantasy upside has only been limited by a lack of playing time -- on a per-36-minute basis he's averaging 24.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 blocks. If Adams can't suit up on Monday, Kanter stands out as a very promising DFS target.
Dec 4 - 9:45 PM

Russell Westbrook finished Sunday's win, the Thunder's fifth straight, with 28 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and 10 turnovers in 38 minutes.

In a clash between the league's top two scorers, Westbrook and Anthony Davis, it was Westy who came out on top. In your daily Westbrook-in-history update, he's now the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to have five consecutive triple-doubles. He came in averaging 31.2 points, 11.3 assists and 10.5 boards, of course, and nothing is surprising at this point.
Dec 4 - 9:43 PM

Steven Adams will not return on Sunday after spraining his left ankle in the first quarter.

Adams dealt with a sprained right ankle earlier this season, so at least it's not a related injury. His absence means plenty of minutes for Enes Kanter on Sunday, and plenty of problems for OKC's defense vs. Anthony Davis. The Thunder have a quick turnaround vs. the Hawks on Monday, and owners should consider Adams questionable until further notice.
Dec 4 - 7:54 PM

Russell Westbrook turned in his ninth triple-double of the season during a 126-115 overtime win over the Wizards on Wednesday, scoring 35 points with 14 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

He is tied in triple-doubles with the entire league combined this season. Westbrook is also just the third player to average a triple-double for a calendar month with at least 10 games in that span. He went bonkers in overtime with 14 points thanks to his ridiculous 70.4 usage rate in that time. Not surprisingly, he's leading the NBA in usage rate at 40.3 to go with his triple-double average on the season. He'll look for his fifth straight trip-dub against the Pelicans on Sunday.
Dec 1 - 12:51 AM

Andre Roberson scored 10 points with five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He did suffer a minor injury earlier in the game, but he returned and looked fine. There's no word of any additional evaluation or any injury update, so he's good to go. Roberson is only a low-end hold in deeper leagues due to a low upside.
Dec 1 - 12:37 AM


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