Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Andre Roberson did not practice on Saturday due to an ankle injury.

There is no word on the severity, but we'd guess he'll be ready to start the season. Roberson is very likely to be the starting shooting guard for OKC, but he'll only have value in deeper leagues.
Oct 25 - 1:38 PM

Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

This is getting ridiculous. While Jones is probably getting a day off, it's still hard to believe how many OKC wings are missing time. Assuming everything is OK, Jones will have some late-round upside in deeper leagues with Anthony Morrow (knee) out to start the season.
Oct 25 - 1:33 PM

Anthony Morrow (knee) will miss the start of the season due to a sprained left MCL.

Ouch. The Thunder are having a rough October on the wing and this news basically means Andre Roberson and Perry Jones will be the starting wings, assuming the team wants to bring Reggie Jackson off the bench. The Thunder have not made a prognosis, but it could be at least a couple weeks until Morrow is back. Fantasy owners can give Jones a look in 14-team leagues, Roberson in 16-teamers and Jeremy Lamb in deep leagues. Russell Westbrook is going to be busy.
Oct 24 - 5:24 PM

Kendrick Perkins (quad) practices on Thursday.

Perk has missed training camp and the entire preseason for the Thunder due to his ailing quad. The injury has led the way for Steven Adams to assume starting center duties and it's hard to envision Perkins reclaiming that role. He should be off fantasy radars in any format.
Oct 23 - 3:16 PM

Jeremy Lamb (bruised heel) returned to the practice floor on Thursday.

The Thunder recently exercised the fourth-year option on Lamb, a show faith for third-year pro who has struggled so far this preseason. With Kevin Durant out, Lamba and Perry Jones III have a huge opportunity to become consistent rotation players. However, until either can prove that they can contribute on a regular basis, they should be avoided in most fantasy formats.
Oct 23 - 3:08 PM

Reggie Jackson (wrist) practiced on Thursday.

Jackson admitted that he "didn't feel comfortable" after practice on Monday, but he made it back to the practice floor on Thursday and is expected to play in the team's preseason opener. With Durant sidelined till December at the earliest, Jackson's fantasy value may be at its peak.
Oct 23 - 3:03 PM

Kevin Durant is out of a cast and is now wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

KD had surgery to repair the Jones fracture in his foot, and has already made it clear he will not rush the rehab process. His foot is now out of a cast and into a walking boot, but he is still using a scooter for the time being. As the pre-injury number one overall fantasy pick, owners are hoping Durant returns to the court sooner rather than later.
Oct 23 - 2:59 PM

The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Andre Roberson.

He's going to have a chance to start at shooting guard, but the Thunder won't draw up many plays for him. Unless he gets red hot from 3, fantasy owners can ignore Roberson in most leagues.
Oct 22 - 8:15 PM

The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Steven Adams.

For the second preseason in a row, Adams has been one of the best young big men in the league. This time around, he should get a chance to start over Kendrick Perkins (quad). He's on the radar as a late-round target.
Oct 22 - 8:14 PM

The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Jeremy Lamb.

He's been shooting a ton this month and his shot isn't falling. Lamb does have a chance to help the second unit, but there are just too many holes in his game to draft in most leagues.
Oct 22 - 8:12 PM

The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues.
Oct 22 - 8:11 PM

Nick Collison (sprained ankle) was back in action vs. Utah on Tuesday, notching eight points in 11 minutes while making both of his 3-point attempts.

The 10-year veteran has five made 3-pointers in his entire career. He has a nice jumper and the Thunder may ask him to hedge toward the arc more this season, but we're not expecting a late-career renaissance as a stretch-PF. With a 15-minute role as a blue-collar defender, screen-setter and rebounder, there's not much to like about Collison's fantasy outlook.
Oct 22 - 10:19 AM

Perry Jones came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds and an assist.

He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him.
Oct 21 - 11:07 PM

Anthony Morrow started at small forward again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, five rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

Morrow isn't guaranteed a starting gig just yet, but he could be heading in that direction if Scott Brooks gives up on the Andre Roberson experiment, or if Morrow has beaten out Perry Jones to start at SF. Morrow has had a fun preseason, scoring in double figures in all six games and hitting 13 3-pointers. If you need threes late in your draft, he's worth a grab. And if he's won the starting SF job for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he could be a real value pick late in your draft.
Oct 21 - 11:05 PM

Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-16 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

He hasn't really blown up offensively yet, but the games haven't counted yet, either. He's going to be a monster as long as his knees hold up, and could lead the league in scoring with Kevin Durant sidelined indefinitely.
Oct 21 - 11:03 PM


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