May 14, 2020, 12:19 pm
2019-2020 Oklahoma City Thunder Season Recap to date
2018-2019 Record Home Record Road Record
53-29 31-10 22-19
2019-2020 Record Home Record Road Record
40-24 22-10 18-14
Fun Facts for the season
-The Thunder now have a chest of assets that all franchises would salivate over as they were able to net a truckload in return for trading away their two stars, Paul George and Russell Westbrook: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, Chris Paul, a 2021 first round pick (via Miami), a 2021 first round pick swap (Oklahoma City has the right to swap with Houston, protected top-4), a 2022 first round pick (via Los Angeles Clippers), a 2023 first round pick swap (Oklahoma City has the right to swap with the LA Clippers), a 2023 first round pick (via Miami, protected top-14 2023-2025, if unconveyed pick becomes unprotected in 2026), a 2024 first round pick (via Houston, protected top-4), a 2024 first round pick (via Los Angeles Clippers), a 2025 first round pick swap (Oklahoma City has the right to swap with Houston, protected top-10), a 2025 first round pick swap (Oklahoma City has the right to swap with the Los Angeles Clippers), a 2026 first round pick (via Houston, protected top-4) and a 2026 first round pick (via Los Angeles Clippers)
-Only one player in the NBA was able to produce value inside the top-90 in 8/9-cat leagues while averaging less than 20 minutes per game and he was on the Thunder. Nerlens Noel was able to produce 7th/8th round per-game value despite only playing 18.4 minutes per contest due to his defensive ability and positive percentages (He averaged a combined 2.5 steals and blocks and shot .685 from the field and .765 from the free throw line). Gorgui Dieng was the next highest of those who averaged less than 20 minutes per game and he struggled to crack inside the top-150 as he was on pace to finish with 14th/13th round per-game value in 17.5 minutes per game — and he had the benefit of a run as a starter to boost his numbers.
-After three seasons in which Chris Paul was only able to play in 72 percent of his team’s regular season games, Paul only missed one game out of possible 64 contests thus far in 2019-20. This led to him becoming a draft day steal as his ADP fell right at the end of the third round according to Yahoo! (#35 overall) while he was on pace to finish with 1st/1st round value by a totals basis.
-Steven Adams struggled at times this season and we can see that the injuries he suffered affected his fantasy value. On the season, Adams was an 8th/8th round per-game value but he shined during two different healthy stints. Early on in the year, Adams struggled with a knee ailment and missed three games as a result. He seemed to recover from this injury towards the end of November and returned 5th/4th round per game value from November 29 through Jan 13. Adams then suffered a concussion and ankle sprain that set him back and forced him to miss another three games. He found his groove shortly before the season ended when he produced 6th/6th round per-game value after Feb 7. Health is essential to fantasy success.
-The future is bright for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the second year player was able to produce 5th/4th round per-game value in just his second season in the league. That is a jump of 7/8 rounds from his rookie season. Keep an eye on him as we head into next year.
-The Thunder were one of only two teams (the Bulls being the other) in the NBA to have three point guards provide value inside the top-130 and no team had three point guards finish with higher fantasy values than the Thunder trio of Gilgeous-Alexander (5th/4th) , Paul (3rd/2nd) and Dennis Schröder (7th/10th)
Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Chris Paul (3rd round/2nd round)
-Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (5th round/4th round)
-Danilo Gallinari (6th round/5th round)
-Nerlens Noel (8th round/7th round)
-Steven Adams (8th round/8th round)
-Dennis Schröder (7th round/10th round)
Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
Rosterable in standard points leagues
(This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)
-Chris Paul (3rd round)
-Danilo Gallinari (5th round)
-Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6th round)
-Steven Adams (7th round)
-Dennis Schröder (8th round)
Flashes of value in standard points leagues:
Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season
-Chris Paul (all formats)
-Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (all formats)
-Steven Adams (all formats)
-Danilo Gallinari (all formats)
-Dennis Schröder (8-cat/points leagues)
-Nerlens Noel (8/9-cat)
Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season
-Dennis Schröder (9-cat)
Upcoming Notable Free Agents
-Danilo Gallinari (unrestricted)
-Andre Roberson (unrestricted)
-Nerlens Noel (unrestricted)
-Mike Muscala (player option of $2.28M in 2020-21)
-Abdel Nader (team option of $1.75M in 2020-21)
-Hamidou Diallo (team option of $1.66M in 2020-21)
Upcoming Draft Picks
-2020 first round pick (protected top-20, 21-30 to Philadelphia; if unconveyed becomes 2022 and 2023 second round picks to Philadelphia)
-2020 first round pick (via Denver)
-2020 second round pick
-2021 first round pick (via Miami)
-2021 first round pick swap (Oklahoma City has the right to swap with Houston protected top-4)
-2021 second round pick
-2022 first round pick (protected top-14, 15-30 to Atlanta)
-2022 first round pick (via Los Angeles Clippers)
-2022 second round pick (will transfer to Philadelphia if Oklahoma City keeps their own 2020 first round pick)
May 25, 2020, 3:16 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.
With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.
Source: Charlotte Hornets
May 25, 2020, 3:13 pmJon LeuerPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.
Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.
Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram
May 24, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.
The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
May 24, 2020, 8:03 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker feels that his left knee hampered him earlier this year because of all of the basketball he's played over the course of his career.
The knee pain has been a constant this season, and Walker has missed eight games due to the injury overall. He should be fully recovered for when the season does resume at this point, and if he is able to get enough practice reps in he'll be able to avoid any restrictions whenever the league-wide shutdown is lifted.
Source: The Athletic
May 24, 2020, 7:56 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
If Ante Zizic chooses to leave the NBA when he hits free agency this offseason, he could draw interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Zizic had a lot of success in 2016-17 when he was last in the Euro League with Darussafaka, averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds in under 21 minutes per game. In comparison, he's been an afterthought for the Cavs this season, only averaging 10 minutes per game. Moreover, the Cavs declined to pick up his player option for next season, and they already have plenty of options for the frontcourt between Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., and possibly DeAndre Drummond (player option). Maccabi will have to see how much salary flexibility they have this offseason as ticket sales are likely to take a hit in Israel next year.
Source: Euro Hoops
May 24, 2020, 7:33 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York may resume operations immediately.
With Governor Cuomo's green light in place the Knicks and Nets are now just waiting for Adam Silver's seal of approval on getting back into there facilities. The majority of the league now has state approval to access their practice facilities and the NBA is slowly ramping up activities in hopes of resuming games in July.
Source: Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the NBA has entered "exploratory conversations" with Disney on restarting the season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said the NBA and NBPA have discussed with Disney on restarting the season in late July. Marc Stein reported on Friday that it is looking increasingly likely that games will resume in July, and it appears that the stage for the rest of the 2019-20 season is likely to be Orlando.
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 23, 2020, 9:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”
Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.
May 22, 2020, 9:13 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac, who sustained a serious left knee injury in January, said his knee is "feeling strong" and that he has been squatting increasingly more weight recently.
Isaac also said recently that he's open to returning if and when the NBA season is resumed and as long as the Magic organization is on-board with it. He has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and indicated that his knee feels "110 percent" after more than four months of rehab. Isaac is a huge part of the Magic's future and it remains to be seen whether or not they will take the risk.
Source: John Denton on Twitter