Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Russell Westbrook (hand) went through portions of Saturday's non-contact practice.

He is still in the rehab process and there is no timetable for his return just yet. Westbrook will be re-evaluated later this month and he could be back in the lineup soon after than. Reggie Jackson will certainly take a hit, but he should still be worth owning in standard leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Nov 22 - 4:02 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) went through a non-contact practice on Saturday.

He only did some of the drills, but coach Scott Brooks said the reigning MVP "looked good." Durant is going to have his foot evaluated on Thanksgiving, so that could be a big day in determining when he will be back. Brooks also said he's not sure what the plan will be on KD's minutes upon his return. Regardless, his owners can start to get excited about his return. Also, owners of Perry Jones, Anthony Morrow and Andre Roberson might want to start looking for alternatives.
Source: Oklahoman
Nov 22 - 3:57 PM

Mitch McGary (foot) went through portions of OKC's practice on Saturday.

It's still unclear when McGary might return from his left foot fracture. With Steven Adams starting and Kendrick Perkins playing well off the Thunder bench, there may not even be space in the rotation for McGary.
Nov 22 - 1:37 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook (hand) "looked good" in non-contact portions of Saturday's practice, according to coach Scott Brooks.

Both players will be evaluated around Thanksgiving, conceivably setting up returns on Friday, Nov. 28 or Tuesday, Dec. 2. It's encouraging that Durant has ramped up to limited practice six weeks after being diagnosed with a Jones fracture, which left him with an initial timetable of 6-8 weeks.
Nov 22 - 1:35 PM

Steven Adams scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks over 26 minutes in the Thunder's 94-92 home loss to the Nets on Friday.

Adams has clearly won the starting job over Kendrick Perkins, or at least it should be clear. His 50 percent foul shooting and sub-par statistical output keeps him from being a 12-14 team value, but if he can start putting up defensive stats it's possible he claws his way back to relevancy.
Nov 22 - 12:40 AM

Andre Roberson moved back into the starting lineup and played 22 minutes on Friday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks.

Roberson has sneaky fantasy value and in his six games he has returned late-round value when he has been on the floor. Scott Brooks loves him and it wouldn't be surprising to see him start for the rest of the season, but there still isn't a lot of stable ground here. If you want to take a flier in a deep league we can get behind that, but otherwise it pays to wait and see if he can keep it up.
Nov 22 - 12:37 AM

Anthony Morrow hit three triples and 4-of-11 shots overall on Friday, finishing with 11 points, two boards and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench.

Morrow missed his window and it sounds like the cavalry is coming soon, but one had to know he'd get things turned around a little bit after a short cold stretch entering tonight. Feel free to move on in 12-14 team formats, but don't be surprised if he carves out value as a 3-point shooter sometime down the road.
Nov 22 - 12:33 AM

Perry Jones (knee) will not play against the Nets on Friday.

The team doesn't know when he will return to the lineup. Jones should be considered questionable to return to action in the next week or so.
Nov 21 - 7:51 PM

Russell Westbrook (hand) will go through some non-contact portions of Saturday's practice, and he'll be re-evaluated on Nov. 29.

Westbrook has been progressing well, without any setbacks, and going through non-contact portions of practice will be the next step. Westbrook's initial timetable has him returning Dec. 2 vs. the Pelicans at the earliest, but we'll have a more firm date after he is re-evaluated. Stay tuned.
Nov 21 - 6:40 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) will go through a non-contact practice on Saturday.

He is getting closer to a return and has gone through some shooting drill. Durant is still a couple weeks off his original prognosis, but it's great to see he hasn't fallen behind. If you drafted him in the first round, this is all you can ask for from the best player in fantasy hoops for each of the last five seasons.
Nov 21 - 6:34 PM

Jeremy Lamb will move to the bench against the the Nets on Friday.

Andre Roberson is back in the starting lineup and isn't expected to play more than 20 minutes, so Lamb should still get some run. He's been far too inconsistent on the season to use in most fantasy leagues.
Nov 21 - 6:25 PM

Andre Roberson will start on Friday, sending Jeremy Lamb to the bench.

Roberson is a defensive specialist for the Thunder, so he doesn't bring too much to the box score. He's averaging 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds with the starting unit, and his minutes will be capped at 20 tonight, so he doesn't really belong on an active roster outside of extremely deep leagues.
Nov 21 - 6:23 PM

Andre Roberson returned from a foot injury on Wednesday and played seven minutes, finishing with three points, two rebounds, one assist and a 3-pointer.

He's been out for a few weeks with the injury, but could be slotted into the starting SG job once he's fully healthy. That's where he was before the injury, but he isn't much of a fantasy prospect unless you're in a really deep league.
Nov 20 - 3:02 AM

Anthony Morrow played 28 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots for 10 points, without making a 3-pointer.

If he's not going to hit threes, he has no fantasy value. Despite getting at least 28 minutes in all but one of his games this season, Morrow hasn't really done anything outside of a 28-point game on Nov. 12. Maybe he'll get it turned around at some point, but the odds aren't in his favor with the return of Andre Roberson from a foot injury tonight.
Nov 20 - 2:56 AM

Sebastian Telfair hit 7-of-7 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers for 18 points, two rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

This was the first real Telfair sighting we've had since he scored 14 points back on Nov. 9 and he's not going to shoot it again like this all season. Andre Roberson is back and could re-take the starting shooting guard job, while Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow aren't going anywhere. Ignore this performance by Telfair, but just keep an eye on him in case he gets it going.
Nov 20 - 2:53 AM


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