Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.

Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation.
Dec 20 - 2:31 AM

Steven Adams scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting with 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's win over the Lakers.

Adams has a bunch of fantasy deficiencies and he needs to do this a bunch of times in a row before we latch onto him in standard formats.
Dec 20 - 2:29 AM

Reggie Jackson busted out of his slump on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-5 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes off the bench.

Yes, Kevin Durant was out and yes this came against the Lakers, but it's probably just good for Jackson to see the ball go through the hoop. It sure seems like the Thunder are going out of their way to let Jackson know what the pecking order is in OKC now that the guys are back, but tonight's output is a reminder of both his short-term value and long-term value in the event one of the Thunder's big guns gets hurt again.
Dec 20 - 2:28 AM

Kendrick Perkins (knee contusion) will not play against the Lakers on Friday.

Steven Adams will get a little extra playing time while Serge Ibaka may play some center, as well. Perkins won't be out long, but he has very little fantasy value.
Dec 19 - 10:43 PM

Perry Jones is likely going to start against the Lakers on Friday.

He looked great before his knee contusion last month, but the return of Russell Westbrook took the gem out of his donut for stats. Jones might have a decent game against an awful defense, so he's worth a look in deeper leagues. It's worth mentioning he did only play six minutes in the second half on Thursday.
Dec 19 - 5:36 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Lakers.

OKC really didn't need him for a game against one of the bottom-tier teams in the Western Conference, and Russell Westbrook will be primed for a big game tonight. Perry Jones will likely slide into the starting lineup, and he makes for a decent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Durant will be re-evaluated on Saturday to determine his availability for Sunday's game vs. the Pelicans. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 5:33 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

OKC doesn’t necessarily need Durant for a game vs. the Lakers, so that is something that should be considered. If he's unable to go, Perry Jones would likely slide into the starting lineup, and he'd make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so stay tuned for more updates as we draw closer to tip-off.
Dec 19 - 12:37 PM

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said late Thursday night that while Kevin Durant is dealing with just a minor ankle sprain, he's unsure of his status for Friday vs. the Lakers "and beyond."

X-rays on Durant's foot came back clean, but the "and beyond" part of that quote is concerning. The Thunder find themselves in a bit of a conundrum here, in that they need Durant to play to give the team a chance to compete for a playoff spot in the West, while there's also a need to handle their superstar with extreme care. Stay tuned for more updates, but if Durant is held out of Friday's game vs. the Lakers, Russell Westbrook will be primed for an explosion, while Perry Jones would be worth a spot-start.
Dec 19 - 8:17 AM

Kevin Durant (ankle) hopes to play against the Lakers on Friday.

"It was the foot I had surgery," Durant said. "I wanted to play, I wanted to go back out there, but they just wanted to be cautious." He left the arena without crutches, without a walking boot, and only had a minor limp, so everything suggests he's not going to miss much time. Of course, there is always the concern of swelling, so his owners will want to check back. Additionally, KD became the first player since the NBA-ABA merger to score 30 points in under 20 minutes, per Elias Sports Bureau.
Dec 19 - 1:54 AM

Perry Jones played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with four points and five rebounds.

He picked up some extra playing time with Kevin Durant (ankle) going down tonight. Jones had a couple bright spots while the Thunder were banged up, but there is still no need to pick him up in most cases because KD should be back quickly.
Dec 19 - 1:50 AM

Andre Roberson double-doubled on Thursday with 10 points, 12 boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

It was his best game in a while and he was involved in the offense. Roberson scored just 3.1 points per game over his previous 10 and doesn't do much else, so leave him on the wire even with the uncertain status of Kevin Durant.
Dec 19 - 1:48 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis.
Dec 19 - 1:44 AM

Kevin Durant suffered a mild right ankle sprain on Thursday and will not return.

This is good news. X-rays were negative, so he didn't suffer a re-fracture. He is likely going to be day-to-day and may have a shot to play on Friday against the Lakers. He had 30 points in the first half and looked absolutely fantastic. Perry Jones would benefit should KD not be ready.
Dec 19 - 12:16 AM

Kevin Durant suffered an apparent foot or ankle injury at the end of the second quarter on Thursday and did not start the second half.

It's to the same foot that cost him time to start the year, so this is certainly going to make all of us hold our breath. Durant was remarkably durable before this injury, but there have been about 25 percent of foot fracture patients having a recurring issue. Stay tuned. Perry Jones started the second half and would be worth a look.
Dec 18 - 11:50 PM

Kevin Durant is expected to get minutes in the mid-30s, according to coach Scott Brooks.

He played 35 minutes on Tuesday and attempted 25 shots from the field, so it's probably safe to say he's back. Durant will be in Anthony Davis' tier for the best player in fantasy hoops in no time.
Dec 18 - 9:15 PM


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