The Oklahoma City Thunder is an American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. The team plays its home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
In this article, we will focus on the Oklahoma City Thunder overview, including offseason moves, scores, injuries and roster updates.
2021-22 Season Recap
The Thunder had more benchmarks than expectations going into the season. Mark Daigneault’s team, which included 10 prospects under the age of 23, had been criticized early on for their general lack of experience and the absence of a reliable center. Josh Giddey, the No. 6 pick, was expected to play in the NBA, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was making his long-awaited comeback, so there were plenty of potential storylines.
Memphis dominated the Thunder, outscoring them by a total of 78 points at one point and 36 points by halftime in what can only be described as an obliteration. They settled for the greatest victory in NBA history, a 152-79 triumph (73.)
Fans gave Josh Giddey a New Year’s Resolution for the first game of 2022: to score a triple-double. In the first game of the season, he did so. Giddey recorded the NBA’s youngest triple-double ever in a game against the Dallas Mavericks, finishing the night with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists in a nine-point defeat.
Playing Without SGA
Oklahoma City’s rookies lived up to the big stage in the Thunder’s lone trip to Madison Square Garden this season. The Giddey and Mann team bit into the Big Apple in a contest that featured 12 ties and 13 changes in the lead. Giddey recorded a triple-double, 58 points were scored collectively due to that bite, and the Knicks were defeated in overtime.
Oklahoma City’s record in the 12 games SGA played after suffering an ankle injury was 2-10. But he demonstrated how unique he is in his role as the franchise’s face. He scored 30.3 points, handed out 7.2 assists, and grabbed 6.2 rebounds in these 12 games. He started to play like the superstar the front office knows he can be, and as a result, his efficiency was much better than it had been early in the season.
G League Action
It was time for other members of the Oklahoma City organisation to step up as more than half of the active 15-man roster from opening day was injured. As a result, a lineup of G League hopefuls from the OKC Blue was allowed to show off their skills.
Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball Team Overview
The Oklahoma City Thunder is a National Basketball Association (NBA) professional basketball team in the United States. They compete in the Western Conference (NBA). For the first 41 years of its existence, the team’s home base was Seattle, where the Seattle SuperSonics won three conference championships (1978, 1979, 1996) and the NBA crown in 1979. In 2012, the Thunder took home the Western Conference crown.
The SuperSonics, the first significant North American sports franchise in the Pacific Northwest, debuted as an NBA expansion team in 1967 and was called after Seattle’s aerospace industry (sometimes abbreviated to “the Sonics”).
Lenny Wilkens, Fred (“Downtown Freddie”) Brown, and Spencer Haywood, an all-star centre forward who joined the Sonics in 1971 after winning a significant U.S. Supreme Court case that allowed him to become the first player to enter the league before he was four years out of high school, were all members of early teams that were notable for their presence.
The Sonics didn’t make the playoffs until the 1974–75 campaign, when Bill Russell, the team’s second-year head coach, led the group to a postseason berth with a 43–39 record and a three-game series victory against the Detroit Pistons.
Wilkens returned to Seattle to lead the team after 22 games of the 1977–1978 campaign. He led the Sonics, who were 5-17 when he was hired, to a fourth-place conference finish after turning around the squad.
The Sonics won games over the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Denver Nuggets during the postseason to advance to the NBA finals, where they were defeated by the Washington Bullets in seven games. The Sonics, powered by guards Dennis Johnson and Gus Williams and centre Jack Sikma, prevailed in the rematch of the NBA Finals in five games to claim the franchise’s first championship.
The two teams faced off in the championship game again the following season. In 1979–80, Seattle made it to the conference finals but lost to a Lakers squad that included rookie phenom Magic Johnson.
The Sonics routinely made the playoffs in the 1980s, with one famous postseason run occurring in 1986–1987. The following year, the Sonics struggled to qualify for the postseason with a 39-43 record, good for the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Nevertheless, they managed to upset the higher-seeded Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets en route to yet another conference finals defeat at the hands of the Lakers.
Midway through the 1991–92 season, George Karl took over as Seattle’s head coach, taking over a high-flying squad that featured star point guard Gary Payton and power forward Shawn Kemp. The SuperSonics reached the Western Conference finals in 1992–93 when they faced the Phoenix Suns in a tight seven-game series that the Suns ultimately won.
This was Karl’s first full season in charge. The Sonics had the greatest regular-season record in the NBA the following season, but they were the only top-seeded team in league history to fall to an eighth-seeded club in the opening round of the playoffs (the Denver Nuggets). The Sonics had a 64-18 record in 1995–96, which was the greatest in the Western Conference and ranked 10th all-time in the history of the NBA.
The SuperSonics won their first three playoff games to advance to the NBA championships, where they faced Michael Jordan and the powerful Chicago Bulls, who had won six games in a row to defeat Seattle and had the best record in NBA history (72-10) at the time.
After the Sonics’ appearance in the NBA Finals was followed by two straight seasons in which the team lost in the second round of the playoffs despite winning the division, Karl was fired in 1998. Seattle subsequently began a phase of rebuilding during which it only made the postseason twice in six seasons (both times as a seventh seed).
The Sonics unexpectedly won their division in 2004-05 and progressed to the conference playoffs under the leadership of head coach Nate McMillan, who played for the team from 1986 to 1998 and acquired the moniker “Mr. Sonic.” Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis also contributed with their superb shooting.
The franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 as a result of several off-court events that occurred while the team was struggling in the early 2000s, including the sale of the Sonics to a group of investors with roots in NBA Oklahoma team and the state and local government’s refusal to pay for a publicly funded arena.
The decision was taken only after the Seattle city government’s legal battle to maintain ownership of the Sonics’ name and legacy if another NBA team decided to move into the area was successful.
The NBA team Oklahoma City Thunder, the team’s new moniker after a fast rebuild, made the playoffs in just their second season in Oklahoma City thanks to the outstanding play of forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook.
As a result of the team’s quick rise, Oklahoma City reached the Western Conference finals in both 2010–11 and 2013–14, as well as the NBA Finals in 2011–12. In 2015–16, the team made it back to the conference finals and had a 3–1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors (who had won an NBA-record 73 games during the regular season) until the Warriors ultimately defeated them in seven games to claim the championship.
Durant unexpectedly left Oklahoma City for the Warriors the following off-season, and the Thunder reorganized around Westbrook.
The squad lacked excellent complimentary NBA players, and even though he created NBA history in 2016–17 by averaging a triple-double and setting the league record for the most triple-double games in a season (42), the team’s season ended with a first-round playoff exit.
Before the 2017–18 season, the franchise acquired star wing Paul George. Westbrook averaged another triple-double that year, but the one-dimensional Thunder again failed to advance past the first round of the OKC Thunder playoff history.. Despite George emerging as one of the NBA’s top players in 2018–19 and Westbrook averaging a triple-double for the third consecutive season, the Thunder were again let down in the postseason with a first-round loss.
Player Stats – All Splits
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG||56||56||34.7||24.5||0.7||4.3||5||5.9||1.3||0.8||2.8||2.5||2.1||20.99|
|Georgios Kalaitzakis SF *||4||4||41.5||17.5||0.5||2.8||3.3||3||2.5||0.3||4||2.8||0.8||9.4|
|Luguentz Dort SF||51||51||32.6||17.2||0.7||3.4||4.2||1.7||0.9||0.4||1.7||2.9||1||12.31|
|Jaylen Hoard F||7||5||34.3||14.7||4.3||7.7||12||2.4||0.9||0.7||1.1||2||2.1||18.05|
|Josh Giddey SG||54||54||31.5||12.5||1.8||6||7.8||6.4||0.9||0.4||3.2||1.6||2||13.34|
|Zavier Simpson G||4||4||43.5||11||0.5||4.8||5.3||7.5||1.3||1||2.5||3.8||3||7.71|
|Darius Bazley PF||69||53||27.9||10.8||1||5.3||6.3||1.4||0.8||1||1.3||1||1.1||12.62|
|Melvin Frazier Jr. G||3||40||10.7||1.7||2.7||4.3||0.3||0.3||1||2.7||0.3||-0.41|
|Tre Mann PG||60||26||22.8||10.4||0.4||2.4||2.9||1.5||0.8||0.2||1.2||1.7||1.3||10.29|
|Isaiah Roby PF||45||28||21.1||10.1||1.7||3.2||4.8||1.6||0.8||0.8||1||2.4||1.7||18.35|
|Aaron Wiggins SG||50||35||24.2||8.3||1||2.5||3.6||1.4||0.6||0.2||1.1||1.9||1.3||10.29|
|Mike Muscala C||43||13.8||8||0.5||2.5||3||0.5||0.4||0.6||0.3||1.3||1.6||19.67|
|Lindy Waters III F||25||1||18.6||8||0.2||2.7||2.9||1||0.8||0.3||0.4||1.2||2.2||13.01|
|Aleksej Pokusevski C||61||12||20.2||7.6||1.2||4||5.2||2.1||0.6||0.6||1.5||1.4||1.4||12|
|Jeremiah Robinson-Earl PF||49||36||22.2||7.5||1.5||4.1||5.6||1||0.6||0.3||0.8||1.5||1.3||11.74|
|Kenrich Williams SF||49||21.9||7.4||1.5||3||4.5||2.2||0.9||0.2||0.9||1.7||2.3||13.36|
|Ty Jerome SG||48||4||16.7||7.1||0.4||1.2||1.6||2.3||0.6||0.1||0.8||1.5||2.9||11.34|
|Theo Maledon PG||51||7||17.8||7.1||0.4||2.2||2.6||2.2||0.6||0.2||1.3||1.3||1.7||10.6|
|Olivier Sarr C||22||2||19.1||7||1.5||2.7||4.2||0.9||0.3||0.7||1||2.4||0.9||14.04|
|Vit Krejci G||30||8||23||6.2||0.6||2.8||3.4||1.9||0.6||0.3||1||2.2||2||8.52|
|Derrick Favors C||39||18||16.7||5.3||1.5||3.2||4.7||0.6||0.4||0.3||0.2||1.6||2.8||13.61|
|Mamadi Diakite PF||13||3||14.5||4.3||1.3||3.2||4.5||0.2||0.4||0.7||0.5||2.5||0.3||11.68|
|Scotty Hopson G||1||18||4||1||1||1||2||1||0.5||0.12|
|Paul Watson SG||9||3||17.3||3.4||0.3||2.7||3||0.9||0.3||0.3||0.4||1.1||2||5.72|
|Gabriel Deck SF||7||8||2.6||0.1||0.7||0.9||0.7||0.1||0.3||0.3||2.5||11.57|
|Rob Edwards G||2||5.5||1.5||1.5||1.5||0.5||-0.82|
Shooting Stats – All Splits
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG||18.8||45.3||1.6||5.3||30||5.9||7.2||81||6.9||13.5||51.4||1.303||0.5|
|Georgios Kalaitzakis SF *||14||46.4||2||5.5||36.4||2.5||5.3||47.6||4.5||8.5||52.9||1.25||0.54|
|Luguentz Dort SF||14.2||40.4||2.5||7.7||33.2||3.2||3.7||84.3||3.2||6.6||48.7||1.208||0.49|
|Jaylen Hoard F||12.9||48.9||1.3||3.6||36||0.9||2||42.9||5||9.3||53.8||1.144||0.54|
|Josh Giddey SG||12.4||41.9||1||3.9||26.3||1||1.5||70.9||4.2||8.5||49.2||1.006||0.46|
|Zavier Simpson G||13||36.5||0.3||2||12.5||1.3||1.3||100||4.5||11||40.9||0.846||0.38|
|Darius Bazley PF||9.4||42.2||1.2||3.9||29.7||1.7||2.5||68.8||2.8||5.5||51.1||1.148||0.48|
|Melvin Frazier Jr. G||16||27.1||0.3||7||4.8||1.7||2.3||71.4||4||9||44.4||0.667||0.28|
|Tre Mann PG||9.8||39.3||1.6||4.5||36||1.1||1.4||79.3||2.2||5.3||42.1||1.063||0.48|
|Isaiah Roby PF||7.2||51.4||1||2.2||44.4||1.7||2.6||67.2||2.7||5||54.5||1.406||0.58|
|Aaron Wiggins SG||6.7||46.3||0.8||2.8||30.4||1.2||1.7||72.9||2.3||4||57.3||1.234||0.53|
|Mike Muscala C||5.8||45.6||1.6||3.8||42.9||1.1||1.3||84.2||1||2||50.6||1.387||0.6|
|Lindy Waters III F||7||40.6||2.1||5.8||36.3||0.2||0.2||80||0.7||1.2||62.1||1.137||0.56|
|Aleksej Pokusevski C||7.5||40.8||0.9||3.2||28.9||0.6||0.8||70||2.1||4.2||49.8||1.018||0.47|
|Jeremiah Robinson-Earl PF||6.6||41.4||1.2||3.4||35.2||0.8||1.1||74.1||1.6||3.2||47.8||1.13||0.5|
|Kenrich Williams SF||6.5||46.1||0.8||2.5||33.9||0.6||1.1||54.5||2.1||4||53.6||1.145||0.53|
|Ty Jerome SG||6.8||37.8||1.1||3.9||29||0.8||1||80.9||1.5||3||49.3||1.037||0.46|
|Theo Maledon PG||6.2||37.5||0.9||2.9||29.3||1.5||2||79||1.5||3.3||44.9||1.139||0.44|
|Olivier Sarr C||4.6||57.4||0.6||1.3||44.8||1.1||1.3||82.8||2||3.3||62.5||1.515||0.64|
|Vit Krejci G||5.6||40.7||1.1||3.3||32.7||0.6||0.7||86.4||1.2||2.3||52.2||1.12||0.5|
|Derrick Favors C||4.7||51.6||0.1||0.4||12.5||0.4||0.6||64||2.4||4.3||55.4||1.132||0.52|
|Mamadi Diakite PF||3.6||53.2||0.4||0.5||0.8||54.5||1.9||3.2||59.5||1.191||0.53|
|Scotty Hopson G||4||50||1||2||3||66.7||1||0.5|
|Paul Watson SG||3.9||34.3||0.7||2.9||23.1||0.1||0.2||50||0.7||1||66.7||0.886||0.43|
|Gabriel Deck SF||2||57.1||0.3||0.6||50||0.9||1.4||60||1.286||0.64|
|Rob Edwards G||2||25||0.5||2||25||0.75||0.38|
|Christian Braun||G||21||6′ 6″||218 lbs||Kansas||—|
|Bruce Brown||SF||25||6′ 4″||202 lbs||Miami (FL)||$4,736,102|
|Kentavious Caldwell-Pope1||SG||29||6′ 5″||204 lbs||Georgia||$13,038,862|
|Facundo Campazzo7||PG||31||5′ 10″||195 lbs||—||$3,200,000|
|Vlatko Cancar31||SF||25||6′ 8″||236 lbs||—||$1,782,621|
|DeMarcus Cousins4||C||31||6′ 10″||270 lbs||Kentucky||$431,684|
|Aaron Gordon50||PF||26||6′ 8″||235 lbs||Arizona||$16,409,091|
|Jeff Green32||PF||35||6′ 8″||235 lbs||Georgetown||$4,500,000|
|Markus Howard00||PG||23||5′ 10″||175 lbs||Marquette||—|
|Bones Hyland3||PG||21||6′ 2″||169 lbs||Virginia Commonwealth||$2,096,880|
|Nikola Jokic15||C||27||6′ 11″||284 lbs||—||$31,579,390|
|DeAndre Jordan||C||34||6′ 11″||265 lbs||Texas A&M||$374,126|
|Jamal Murray27||PG||25||6′ 3″||215 lbs||Kentucky||$29,467,800|
|Zeke Nnaji22||PF||21||6′ 9″||240 lbs||Arizona||$2,498,760|
|Michael Porter Jr.1||SF||24||6′ 10″||218 lbs||Missouri||$5,258,735|
|Davon Reed9||SG||27||6′ 5″||206 lbs||Miami (FL)||—|
|Ish Smith4||PG||34||6′ 0″||175 lbs||Wake Forest||$4,500,000|
|Peyton Watson||F||19||6′ 8″||200 lbs||UCLA||—|
|Jack White41||F||25||6′ 7″||222 lbs||Duke||—|
Oklahoma City Thunder Transactions 2022
- July 20, 2022: Re-signed G Kenrich Williams to a veteran extension Waived F JaMychal Green.
- July 19, 2022: Signed F Jaylin Williams.
- July 3, 2022: Waived F Isaiah Roby.
- July 2, 2022: Signed F Eugene Omoruyi to a two-way contract.
- July 1, 2022: Signed G Jalen Williams and C Chet Holmgren to rookie scale contracts.
- February 11, 2022: Waived F K.Z. Okpala.
- February 10, 2022: Waived G Paul Watson. Signed F Lindy Waters to a two-way contract.
- February 9, 2022: Acquired F K.Z. Okpala from Miami for draft considerations.
- January 11, 2022: Signed F Mamadi Diakite to a 10-day contract.
- January 9, 2022: Signed C Olivier Sarr to a 10-day contract.
- January 7, 2022: Waived G Miye Oni.
Overall, the Oklahoma City Thunder are a very good basketball team. They have a strong record in the NBA, and their players are consistently performing at a high level. They have made a number of big signings in recent years, and their roster is very talented. However, they have had a number of injuries in recent seasons, and they will need to be careful in order to avoid further problems.
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