Player News - Thunder

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Steven Adams filled up the stat sheet against the Knicks on Thursday, making 5-of-5 from the field for 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and five steals in 30 minutes.

All five of his shots were within eight feet with two alley-oops and two dunks, so expect the Thunder to give him easy shots on offense. Overall, Adams finds himself in a better position this year with Enes Kanter gone, and the team probably can't get away with using Patrick Patterson at center for more than 15 minutes or so. That means Adams has a chance to increase his 29.9 minutes per game from last year. He has some fantasy value for field goal percentage, boards and defensive stats.
Oct 20 - 3:02 AM

Russell Westbrook triple-doubled during a 105-84 win over the Knicks on Thursday, making 7-of-12 from the field for 21 points, 10 rebounds, 16 assists, one block and seven turnovers in 33 minutes.

He had some help and his NBA all-time record 40.8 usage rate from 2016-17 plummeted to 27.8 today. Although, his efficiency was outstanding and the OKC offense was flying at a 107.5 pace. Also unlike last year, he had help almost the entire time with either Carmelo Anthony or Paul George next to him for 32 of his 33 minutes, and was with both for 19. Westbrook won't be blowing us away in the scoring department like late last year, but he's still going to post some big lines for his fantasy owners.
Oct 20 - 12:57 AM

Paul George scored 28 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and six 3-pointersin 39 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

As expected, he fired away from deep with 13 attempts from beyond the arc and he even had a 27.6 usage rate in this game -- 29.0 last year. If you're wondering how the staggering worked, PG played 28 minutes with Carmelo Anthony, 30 with Russell Westbrook, 19 with both, and didn't log any time without either of them. George could be a darkhorse to be a top-five player in 3-pointers and may only take a small hit in fantasy compared to last year.
Oct 20 - 12:50 AM

Carmelo Anthony made 8-of-20 from the field for 22 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

While the efficiency wasn't there, Melo was still able to get to a 30.4 usage rate in this game. He actually wasn't staggered too much with 28 total minutes next to Paul George, 22 total minutes next to Russell Westbrook, and just 2.8 minutes with neither of them. It's going to be awfully tough to flirt with a 30 usage rate and maybe going against the Knicks helped, but for now Melo's fantasy owners should be satisfied.
Oct 20 - 12:43 AM

Andre Roberson scored six points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

Any game Roberson doesn't get to the line is a win, but he did make just 3-of-7 from the field. Alex Abrines played a little more than expected and this could be more of a split depending on the matchup and game script.
Oct 20 - 12:30 AM

Terrance Ferguson scored two points in 11 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

He was basically Paul George's backup in this game and even logged 3.5 minutes next to him with the staggering. Ferguson agreed to a four-year rookie deal over the summer, but it's still a mild surprise to see him in the rotation on opening night.
Oct 20 - 12:28 AM

Jerami Grant scored five points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

He was more of a backup to Carmelo Anthony in this game, but he still logged 10.9 minutes next to him, as well. Grant will have a slew of highlights, but he won't be doing much on the stat sheet.
Oct 20 - 12:24 AM

Patrick Patterson played seven minutes on Thursday with no points and two rebounds.

He played 2.2 minutes at power forward and the rest as the backup five man. Patterson returned to action sooner than usual, but this offense-first stretch big simply won't get enough shots in this offense.
Oct 20 - 12:21 AM

Alex Abrines scored three points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

He saw a good amount of his minutes with some of the first-unit guys as coach Billy Donovan staggers his studs. Abrines won't get enough minutes or shots to have value in almost all fantasy leagues.
Oct 20 - 12:18 AM

Raymond Felton scored two points with three assists, and three steals against the Knicks on Thursday.

It's worth a mention he did play 1.2 minutes next to Russell Westbrook in this game, which could go up now that he's healthy. Felton has very little standalone value in fantasy though.
Oct 20 - 12:15 AM

Patrick Patterson (knee) is good to go for Thursday against the Knicks.

After going through contact in practice on Wednesday, Patterson will be all set without restrictions. The Thunder are likely going to try to stagger their forwards, which likely means there won't be many minutes available for Patterson.
Oct 19 - 6:24 PM

Raymond Felton (wrist) is good to go for Thursday against the Knicks.

The other, other revenge game? Felton is expected to back up Russell Westbrook and he could play minutes at shooting guard as well. Still, he has very little fantasy value.
Oct 19 - 6:22 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) did contact portions at practice on Wednesday.

He is still up in the air to play on Thursday night against the Knicks. The Thunder may not need him to play too much now that they have some options at the four, so he's not worth owning in fantasy,
Oct 18 - 2:56 PM

Raymond Felton (wrist) did contact portions of practice on Wednesday.

He's still questionable for Thursday, but things are looking up with contact in practice for two days in a row. Felton is going to back up Russell Westbrook and it's possible he gets some minutes at the two. He's only a handcuff in supper deep leagues.
Oct 18 - 2:54 PM

Patrick Patterson (knee) went through the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

This it the first time Patterson has gone through contact work at practice, so maybe he'll be able to get out there for Thursday's season opener against New York. However, as long as Carmelo Anthony and Paul George are healthy, Patterson won't be receiving many minutes in OKC's rotation.
Oct 17 - 3:33 PM


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