Player News - Thunder

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Serge Ibaka hauled in a season-high 19 rebounds in the Thunder's 92-84 win over the Wolves on Monday, and also added 13 points, two steals and two blocks.

Ibaka hit 6-of-13 shots and added a 3-pointer for good measure, and as long as he can be efficient we don't mind him taking 3-point shots. He's been a disappointment as just a top 35-40 value on the year, primarily because of the shift toward a softer overall fantasy game.
Jan 26 - 11:45 PM

Perry Jones started for Kevin Durant (toe) on Monday against the Wolves, scoring six points on 2-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

Jones may have a future in fantasy leagues at some point, but for now he's waiver wire fodder.
Jan 26 - 11:43 PM

Reggie Jackson played well with Kevin Durant out on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 26 minutes off the bench.

The Durant absence is an obvious caveat and this isn't a line you're going to write home about anyway. The only real reason to hold Jackson is as a trade deadline stash, and owners should probably give a trade a 50/50 chance at this time and that might be optimistic.
Jan 26 - 11:42 PM

Dion Waiters scored 10 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 4-of-12 shots (including a three) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

Waiters hit just 1-of-4 free throws to cap off another inefficient line, which has been his calling card in the NBA so far. Owners can do better in standard 12-team formats.
Jan 26 - 11:30 PM

Perry Jones will start for Kevin Durant on Monday.

He has been out of the rotation, but he'll slide into the starting unit tonight. While Jones did have a few big games earlier this year, that came with Russell Westbrook out of the lineup. He's still a very risky play tonight.
Jan 26 - 7:28 PM

Kevin Durant (toe) will not play against the Wolves on Monday.

He suffered the injury in Cleveland on Sunday and it's being called a left great toe sprain. Durant went through warmups, but there was too much soreness and he decided he'll sit. It's anyone's guess if he'll play on Wednesday and the Thunder do only have three games this week. It'll be Russell Westbrook running the show with a host of others stepping up. Expect Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow to benefit the most. Perry Jones may start, though. It's worth mentioning KD needed surgery on his right foot.
Jan 26 - 7:06 PM

Steven Adams (head) is expected to start against the Wolves on Monday.

He had migraines on Sunday and missed that game, but he'll be back tonight. Adams was playing well before his head issue and he should be able to resume his normal role. His fantasy value has been outside the top 200 in standard leagues over the past month.
Jan 26 - 6:29 PM

Dion Waiters was booed during Sunday's game in Cleveland, as he came off OKC's bench to score 14 points with two 3-pointers, three boards, two assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

"Boos, no boos, I can't focus on that type of stuff," Waiters said after the game. The playing time is nice to see, and he did enough to placate most fantasy owners, but inefficiency continues to plague him and he finished just 5-of-15 from the field in the loss to his former team.
Jan 25 - 7:28 PM

Kevin Durant led the Thunder on Sunday with 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting, as well as six rebounds, nine assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Cavaliers.

Durant chipped in one 3-pointer and had only one turnover in 40 minutes, in the latest showcase for his elite fantasy talents. Oklahoma City's defeat dropped their record to .500 again, and they remain 3 1/2 games behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot out West.
Jan 25 - 7:27 PM

Kendrick Perkins moved into the starting lineup on Sunday, where he posted four points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

Perkins earned the surprise start with Steven Adams (migraine) out of commission, and this does nothing to improve his fantasy outlook. The waiver wire is Perk's permanent residence.
Jan 25 - 7:22 PM

Serge Ibaka tied his season-high with nine 3-point attempts on Sunday, making three of them to score 15 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Ibaka was 6-of-16 from the field overall, marking the second straight game he's jacked up 16 shots. That's an encouraging trend for fantasy owners despite his current slump -- the career 53.5 percent shooter is just 19-of-53 over his past four games (35.8 percent). Look for him to bounce back vs. the Wolves' porous defense on Monday.
Jan 25 - 7:19 PM

Steven Adams sat out Sunday's game due to a migraine.

The ailment wasn't revealed until just prior to tip-off, leaving owners in deep leagues with a hole in their Sunday lineups. He'll have to recover quickly to suit up for Monday's home game vs. the Timberwolves, and anyone relying on him should check for updates after shootaround.
Jan 25 - 7:17 PM

Russell Westbrook fell one rebound shy of a triple-double vs. Cleveland on Sunday, scoring 22 points with nine boards, 11 assists, two steals and one block.

He shot 7-of-26 overall but made three 3-pointers and committed only two turnovers in OKC's tough road loss. Westbrook is one of 11 players with a triple-double this season, with Rajon Rondo leading the league with three of them in 38 games. Despite the near-miss for Westbrook his owners should only have one complaint -- his heavily-weighted 36.8 percent shooting over the past month.
Jan 25 - 7:17 PM

Kendrick Perkins has replaced Steven Adams (migraine) in the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. Cleveland.

Unfortunately this news came out very late, and it's not clear if Adams will play at all on Sunday. However, neither Adams nor Perkins can be considered viable options in most leagues.
Jan 25 - 3:39 PM

Grant Jerrett was assigned to the NBD D-League on Friday.

He is averaging just 1.8 points and 1.0 rebound in 5.9 minutes per game with the Thunder this season, so he will be able to gain some needed experience in the D-League. Jerrett is not on the fantasy radar in any league at the moment.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 24 - 1:25 PM


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