|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Northwest Division||110.2 (1st)||102.9 (2nd)|
Fri May 6
|L 100 - 96||SA|
Sun May 8
|W 111 - 97||SA|
Tue May 10
|W 95 - 91||at SA|
Thu May 12
|W 113 - 99||SA|
Mon May 16
|W 108 - 102||at GS|
Wed May 18
|L 118 - 91||at GS|
Sun May 22
|W 133 - 105||GS|
Tue May 24
|W 118 - 94||GS|
Thu May 26
|L 120 - 111||at GS|
Sat May 28
|L 108 - 101||GS|
Mon May 30
|L 96 - 88||at GS|
The Thunder are expected to pick up Ilyasova's $8.4 million team option for the 2016-17 season, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports. "We traded for [Ilyasova] because we think he's a good, complementary player to our core players," GM Sam Presti said.
Though Victor Oladipo and No. 11 overall draft pick Domantas Sabonis were the main prizes in last Thursday's four-player trade that sent Serge Ibaka to the Magic, Ilyasova isn't being viewed as a mere throw-in to the deal. It appears the Thunder believe that Ilyasova's ability to stretch the floor and contribute on the boards will make him a viable rotation option, especially if Sabonis is unable to crack the rotation as a rookie. With Ibaka out of town, Ilyasova currently tops the depth chart at power forward, but the Thunder could very well sign a free agent this offseason who would bump Ilyasova to a reserve gig.
Sabonis is not expected to play in summer league, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Sabonis' focus is said to be on the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he will play for and represent Lithuania. This of course could be seen as a setback to his development with the Oklahoma City Thunder organization, who would love for him to become familiar with the team's institutional protocol on the court. Sabonis could however gain valuable experience playing against international competition in this year's Olympics.
Hamilton was selected by the Nuggets with the 56th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to the
At 6-foot-8, Hamilton boasts great size for a shooting guard and is also a quality rebounder and passer for someone at his position. Hamilton excels in the open floor, while struggling in half-court sets, and his biggest downfall may be his inefficiency on offense. He shot just 38 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc last season at Connecticut. Hanmilton is likely to spend all of the upcoming campaign with the D-League's Oklahoma City Blue.
Oladipo is the headliner of the Thunder's three-player haul, as the former No. 2 overall pick provides the team with a scoring combo guard who is capable on the defensive end. Russell Westbrook's presence at the point guard spots ensures that Oladipo will spend most of his time off the ball, but he could immediately become the Thunder's secondary scoring option if unrestricted free agent Kevin Durant heads elsewhere this offseason. At the very least, Oladipo's acquisition appears to signal that the Thunder aren't looking to retain restricted free agent Dion Waiters, leaving an opening for Oladipo to step in as the team's sixth man or starting shooting guard. Oladipo averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 33.0 minutes per game with the Magic last season.
Sabonis was selected by the Magic with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The Magic will trade his draft rights to the
Sabonis came into the draft well known for his surname (his father, Arvydas, played with the Trail Blazers for seven seasons) and his ability to score in the post. He's got a variety of post moves and can face up and score on defenders, which helped him average 17.5 points per game as a sophomore at Gonzaga. He didn't take many shots outside of the paint, so he'll need to develop as a perimeter shooter in order to increase his scoring potential at the NBA level. Sabonis isn't considered the most explosive player, but he's fundamentally strong and is a solid rebounder. With Ilyasova also coming over in the trade and Enes Kanter and Steven Adams still around in the frontcourt, Sabonis may have to settle for a limited role in his first season in the league.
|2015-16 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Kevin Durant , SF||28.2|
|RPG||Kevin Durant , SF||8.2|
|APG||Russell Westbrook , PG||10.4|
|FG%||Enes Kanter , C||57.6|
|FT%||Kevin Durant , SF||89.8|
|3P%||Kevin Durant , SF||38.6|
|BLOCKS||Serge Ibaka , PF||148|
|STEALS||Russell Westbrook , PG||163|
|MPG||Kevin Durant , SF||35.8|
|Full Team Statistics|
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