Player News - Thunder

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Jerami Grant gave the Thunder a welcome boost on Wednesday, coming off the bench for 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes of action.

Grant made 3-of-3 FGs and 5-of-8 FTs, producing a strong all-around line for anyone who rolled the dice on him in deep leagues or DFS. He's proven to be a valuable glue-guy for the Thunder, especially since Enes Kanter broke his forearm, but Grant belongs on the wire unless you're desperate for blocks.
Feb 16 - 12:45 AM

Victor Oladipo recovered on Wednesday with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, hitting three 3-pointers with four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 37 minutes.

VO was held to just six points with little else in 18 minutes during a blowout loss on Monday, but it didn't take him long to regain his rhythm. We haven't seen the early-round value his owners expected on draft day, but he's still bounced back from a rocky start to post top-50 value over the past month. Expect more of the same after the break.
Feb 16 - 12:44 AM

Russell Westbrook headed into the All-Star break with an exclamation point, dropping 38 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in a win vs. the Knicks.

New York had zero answers for Westbrook defensively, and he wound up making 13-of-22 shots and 9-of-13 free throws to help his team snap a two-game losing streak. There are no Western Conference teams playing on Thursday, so the Thunder head into the break with the No. 7 seed, 1.5 games behind the Grizzlies. It will be fascinating to see how the two-time All-Star MVP performs this weekend, especially if Steve Kerr puts him in the same lineup as Kevin Durant.
Feb 16 - 12:43 AM

Andre Roberson bounced back from an invisible game on Monday to score 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

Anyone deploying Roberson will take it after Monday's dud, in which he committed two fouls, missed two shots, and recorded no other stats in 16 minutes of action. Roberson is averaging 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals in his past five outings, but owners shouldn't expect more than that level of defensive contribution.
Feb 16 - 12:41 AM

Alex Abrines has been named as Joel Embiid's (knee) replacement for the Rising Stars Challenge.

Abrines has had a few impressive performances this season when given the minutes, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do during All-Star weekend. However, as the third-string two-guard in OKC, Abrines has zero fantasy value.
Feb 15 - 11:48 AM

Russell Westbrook played 24 minutes in a blowout loss to the Wizards on Monday, scoring 17 points on 5-of-19 shooting.

Joffrey Lauvergene also scored 17 points in the garbage time special, so it was that kind of night for Westy. He finished 7-of-7 from the line and missed all four of his 3-point attempts, adding four boards, four assists and two steals. The good news is that Westbrook should feast against Derrick Rose and the Knicks on Wednesday.
Feb 13 - 11:34 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes vs. the Wizards on Monday.

The game was a blowout and King Joffrey scored eight points alone in the fourth quarter during garbage time. He added six rebounds, four assists and one triple while hitting all four of his free throws, but he's safe to leave on the wire in most leagues as this will likely be an outlier for what has been a quiet season for Lauvergne.
Feb 13 - 11:30 PM

Andre Roberson failed to score in 16 minutes of action vs. the Wizards on Monday.

After averaging 9.8 points, 10.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 turnovers in his previous four games, Roberson burned any fantasy owners who took a flier on him this week. He missed two shots from the field and didn't record a single stat besides two fouls. It's almost impossible to not drop him after a night like this, especially outside of deeper leagues. He should be better against the Knicks on Wednesday, but his upside is low anyways.
Feb 13 - 11:23 PM

Victor Oladipo was held to six points in Monday's blowout loss to the Wizards.

Oladipo picked up four fouls and only played 18 minutes, but he wasn't the only starter who struggled -- Russell Westbrook was the only starter to hit double-digit points while the rest combined to score 21 points. Dipo finished 2-of-6 from the field with one rebound and two turnovers, but he will have nowhere to go but up on Wednesday in a great matchup vs. the Knicks.
Feb 13 - 11:20 PM

Russell Westbrook tried to put the team on his back during a 130-114 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 47 points and adding 11 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and 11 turnovers in 37 minutes.

He made 14-of-26 from the field and 16-of-18 from the line to get him to his 47.2 usage rate today. Westbrook looked angry for most of this game and he was yelling "I'm coming" to Kevin Durant in the third quarter despite the Warriors being up 18 at that time. The turnovers have also been a problem for Westbrook with five double-digit turnover games this season, which is the most for a player in any season over the last 30 years. The Thunder are sitting in the seventh seed and aren't playing nearly as well as they were earlier this year.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 11:48 PM

Victor Oladipo scored 20 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

It was obviously the Russell Westbrook show for OKC, but Oladipo shot the ball well with a 9-of-15 shooting line. He's also been starting to string games together, averaging 20.3 points, 7.3 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.3 treys on 45.5 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the line in his last four. His fantasy owners certainly are hoping he can keep it going.
Feb 11 - 11:38 PM

Andre Roberson scored six points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 34 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He didn't have as much success on the defensive end like he did against LeBron James earlier this week. Still, Roberson is getting some heavy run because the other forwards aren't filling in for Enes Kanter (arm), so OKC has gone smaller more often. He's played 36.6 minutes per game over his last four, averaging 9.8 points, 10.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 turnovers. He's still better in deep leagues, but he's also become a much better punt in DFS these days.
Feb 11 - 11:32 PM

Russell Westbrook posted his 26th triple-double of the season during a 118-109 win over the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 29 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Triple-double No. 26 ties him for the third most in an NBA season -- Roberson's 41 in 1961-62 is tops with Wilt Chamberlain's 31 at No. 2. Westbrook also becomes the first player since 1972 to have multiple triple-doubles against a defending champ. Triple-double stats aside, you know what's next. Kevin Durant will be in OKC on Saturday night. Get ready.
Feb 9 - 11:18 PM

Victor Oladipo scored 23 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

He needed this one. Oladipo has been in some kind of slump to start this month, making just 32.3 percent from the field in his previous four February games. On the positive side, Oladipo is stuffing the stat sheet like he used to over his last six, averaging 15.8 points, 6.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 treys. Once his shot clicks, he should start to be a difference maker for fantasy owners.
Feb 9 - 11:11 PM

Steven Adams scored 20 points with 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 39 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

That's his third 20-10 game of the season and he's seen a slight bump in output since Enes Kanter (arm) went down. In those seven games, Adams averaged 12.7 points, 10.7 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals. He's coasting as a mid-round player.
Feb 9 - 11:05 PM


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