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Oklahoma City Blue keeps streaking, beats Sioux Falls 115-108

Markel Brown scored 16 points in the opening quarter as the Oklahoma City Blue won their fourth straight game, beating the Sioux Falls Skyforce 115-108 on New Year’s Eve.

Brown finished with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Myke Henry had 23 points off the bench for the Blue.

Oklahoma City is 12-10 on the season, first in the Midwest division.

If it wasn’t for Brown’s performance, it’s unknown what would’ve become of the Blue’s trip to Sioux Falls. He led all scores at that point and was really the only player stepping up when it was needed.

Myke Henry hit a big three-pointer with 2:42 left in the first half, tying the game at 52-all. Then, Brown hit a reverse lay up with 24 seconds left in the half to give Oklahoma City their first lead, taking a 58-56 lead into the break.

Ike Nwamu was the catalyst to an 11-2 run to start the second half, giving the Skyforce a 67-60 lead with 8:32 left in the third quarter. It wasn’t until Henry nailed a driving reverse lay up with 3:55 remaining in the third to give Oklahoma City a 73-71 lead. Sioux Falls would answer back but a Daniel Hamilton lay up put Oklahoma City up 75-74 with 3:30 left.

Oklahoma City would never trail again.

The Blue pushed the lead out to double digits, capping off a 15-3 run to end the quarter. Hamilton would account for seven of the 15 points.

Nwamu would cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 104-102 with 2:23 left in the game. Hamilton and Henry shut that down quick, scoring nine of the final 11 points.

Sioux Falls attempted 54 three-pointers in the game, hitting 22 of them. Which, for those who don’t follow the G-League, 54 isn’t any where near the record of 64 set back in 2014.

Hamilton finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, his fifth triple-double of the season.

Six different players scored in double figures, including four starters. Only Thunder assignee, PJ Dozier was in single digits with seven points. He was 3-of-7 from the floor.

Oklahoma City travels to Iowa to play the Iowa Wolves on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. The game can be viewed on Facebook Live.

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Thunder Game Day No. 24: at Brooklyn Nets (in Mexico City)

Oklahoma City Thunder (11-12, 2-9 away) vs. Brooklyn Nets (9-14, 4-6 away)

Thursday, Dec. 7 :: 9:00 p.m. CST :: Arena Ciudad de México (22,300)

Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27) | 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 6.5-point favorite. The over/under is 214.5.
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Nets: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Welcome to Mexico City! The Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Brooklyn Nets in an away game for the Thunder. Brooklyn gave up a home game for this contest.
  • Oklahoma City has won three games in a row and will try to make it a fourth against Brooklyn tonight.
  • Brooklyn is floundering as of late. The Nets are 4-7 in their last 11 games.
  • This is the first away game in where the Thunder will play away from Chesapeake Energy Arena five out of six games.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma).

SCOUTING THE NETS

  • The Brooklyn Nets are 9-14 on the season, 12th in the Eastern Conference.
  • Brooklyn is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • The Nets beat the Hawks in their last time out 110-90.
  • Against the Nets, the Thunder are 54-32.
  • Oklahoma City is 11-6 against the Nets: 5-5 against Brooklyn, 6-1 against New Jersey.
  • In away games, the Thunder are 6-3 against Brooklyn.
  • Oklahoma City swept last season’s series.
  • The Thunder have never played a regular season game outside of Canada or the United States.
  • Injury Report:
    Yakuba Outtara (leg) is a game-time decision.
    D’Angelo Russell (knee) is out.
    Jeremy Lin (knee) is out.
  •  The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Brooklyn came on Jan. 31, 2014, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 120-95 (25-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (31 points) vs. the Nets occurred during an 85-116 loss on Nov. 3, 2014.

NEW FACES

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder added a bunch of new faces this year.
  • Paul George was acquired on June 30 for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
  • Carmelo Anthony joins the Thunder after Oklahoma City sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick to the Knicks for Anthony.
  • Oklahoma City also signed Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson via free agency.
  • Terrance Ferguson was drafted in the first round out of Australia.
  • Oklahoma City also added PJ Dozier, undrafted rookie out of South Carolina to a two-way deal.

Injury Report

  • Paul George (right calf contusion) is out.
  • Jerami Grant (left hip contusion) is out.

Next Up

  • Then, the Thunder travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies on Saturday night.
  • Oklahoma City splits up the mini-road trip with a single game at home vs. the Hornets on Monday, Dec. 11.
  • Oklahoma City then goes on a three-game road trip starting with Paul George’s return to Indiana on Dec. 13.

Three Keys to the Game

Turnovers

Brooklyn turns it over a lot. They also are 4-11 when they don’t win the turnover battle. Oklahoma City is pretty good at forcing them (first in the NBA). So, if the Thunder can get the Nets in compromising positions, they’ll have a really good chance of blowing this open.

Bench

Oklahoma City’s bench ranks 29th in the NBA in points contributed per game. They’re averaging 23.4 points per game. If the Thunder are going to win this game, they’ll need much more contributions with no Paul George or Jerami Grant. That’s a loss of two bench guys, as one would slide up and take Paul George’s place and one will have to take over for what Jerami Grant does.

Get to the line

The Thunder are middle of the league in attempts. Oklahoma City got to the line against Utah and that was clutch for the Thunder. If they can do that against Brooklyn, the Thunder will have a really good chance at controlling what the Nets do on their offensive side.

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Thunder Game Day #24: en Brooklyn los Nets (ciudad de México)

Oklahoma City Thunder (11-12, 2-9 visita) vs. Brooklyn Nets (9-14, 4-6 casa)

Thursday, Dec. 7 :: 9:00 p.m. CST :: Arena Ciudad de México (22,300)

La Cobertura: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27) | 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
Vista desde la trinchera enemigaHere.
La Línea: El Oklahoma City Thunder es favorito por 6.5 puntos, The over/under del total de puntos es 214.5.
Transmisón en líneaFox Sports Go | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Notas del juego: Thunder: here | Los Nets: here

PREPARANDO EL PANORAMA

  • ¡Bienvenido a la ciudad de México! El Thunder jugará contra los Nets en un partido de visita para el Thunder. Brooklyn perdió un juego en casa por este partido.
  • Oklahoma City ha ganado tres partidos seguidos y tratará de hacerlo por cuarto juego consecutivo  c Brooklyn esta noche.
  • Brooklyn no anda muy bien últimamente. Los Nets tienen récord de 4-7 en sus últimos 11 juegos.
  • Oklahoma City ganó ambos partidos la temporada pasada contra Brooklyn.
  • Éste es el primer partido de visita en una gira donde el Thunder jugará lejos de la arena Chesapeake Energy cinco de los siguientes seis encuentros.

 SIGUE LA ACCION

  • Puedes sintonizar tu radio en el WWLS de la Ciudad de Oklahoma, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto será la voz de jugada tras jugada,  Si estás en Tulsa, sintonizalo en el 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis y Michael Cage transmitirán el juego en la estación emblemática del Thunder, Fox Sports Oklahoma. Puedes ver el juego allí, en NBA League Pass, o puedes utilizar la aplicación Fox Sports (si estás en Oklahoma).

VISTAZO DE LOS NETS

  • Los Nets de Brooklyn tienen record de 9-14 en la temporada, 1se ubican en el lugar 12 en la Conferencia del Este.
  • Brooklyn tiene récord de  4-6 en sus últimos 10 juegos.
  • Los Nets vencieron a los Hawks de visita en su último encuentro 110-90.
  • Contra los Nets, el Thunder tienen foja de 54-32.
  • Oklahoma City tiene record de 11-6 contra los Nets: 5-5 contra Brooklyn, 6-1 contra New Jersey.
  • En los juegos de visita, el Thunder tiene record de 6-3 contra Brooklyn.
  • Oklahoma City barrió la serie la temporada pasada.
  • El Thunderer nunca ha jugado un juego de temporada regular fuera de Canadá o los Estados Unidos.
  • Informe de lesión:
    Yakuba Outtara (pierna) se decidirá si juega antes del inicio del encuentro
    D’Angelo Russell (rodilla) está fuera.
    Jeremy Lin (rodilla) está fuera.
  • El margen de victoria más grande del Thunder contra Brooklyn fue el 31 de enero de 2014, donde Oklahoma City prevaleció con una puntuación de 120-95 (25 puntos de margen de Victoria).
  • Mientras tanto, el margen de derrota del Thunder (31 puntos) contra los Nets ocurrio durante una derrota de 85-116 el 3 de noviembre de 2014.

NUEVOS ROSTROS

  • El Thunder de Oklahoma City agregó un montón de caras nuevas este año.
  • Paul George fue adquirido de los Pacers de Indiana el 30 de junio por Domantas Sabonis y Victor Oladipo.
  • Carmelo Anthony se une al Thunder después que Oklahoma City envió a Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott y una segunda ronda del draft a los Knicks por Anthony.
  • Oklahoma City también firmó aRaymond Felton y Patrick Patterson a través de la agencia libre.
  • Terrance Ferguson fue reclutado en la primera ronda del draft después de jugar en Australia.
  • Oklahoma City también agregó a PJ Dozier, novato no seleccionado en el draft, procedente de Carolina del Sur en un contrato corto.

REPORTE DE LESIONES

  • Paul George (contusión derecha del chamorro) no jugará.
  • Jerami Grant (contusión de cadera izquierda) no jugará.

LOS JUEGOS SIGUIENTES

  • El Thunder viajara a Memphis para enfrentarse a los Grizzlies el sábado por la noche.
    Oklahoma City divide el viaje en una serie pequeña con un partido en casa contra los Hornets el lunes 11 de diciembre.
    Oklahoma City luego va en un viaje de tres partidos de visita, entre ellos el regreso de Paul George a Indiana el 13 de diciembre.

TRES PUNTOS CLAVES PARA EL JUEGO

Pérdidas de balon

Brooklyn sufre de muchas pérdidas de balon. Tienen record de 4-11 cuando no ganan la batalla de pérdidas de balón, Oklahoma City es bastante bueno en forzar perdidas (primero en la NBA). Así que, si el Thunder puede colocar a los Nets en posiciones comprometedoras, tendrán una muy buena oportunidad de llevarse el encuentro de manera confortable

La banca

El banquillo de Oklahoma City ocupa el puesto 29 en la NBA en puntos aportados por partido. Están promediando 23,4 puntos por juego. Si el Thunder quiere ganar este partido, necesitarán mucho más contribuciones sin Paul George y sin Jerami Grant. Esto representa que dos jugadores que normalmente vendrían de la banca, tengan que empezar, uno tendrá que tomar el lugar de Paul George y el otro tendrá que asumir el control de lo que Jerami Grant contribuye.
Llegar a la línea de tiros libres

El Thunder están en la mitad de la tablanen cuantona  intentos de tiros libres se refiere. Oklahoma City lógro ir a la línea cen el juego contra Utah cuestión clave  para el triunfo del Thunder. Si pueden hacer lo mismo contra Brooklyn, el Thunder tendrá una buena oportunidad de controlar lo que los Nets hacen en su lado ofensivo.

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Thunder Game Day No. 9: at Portland Trail Blazers

Oklahoma City Thunder (4-4, 2-2 away) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (5-4, 3-2 home)

Sunday, Nov. 5 :: 8:00 p.m. CST :: Moda Center (19,980)

TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 6½-point favorite. The over/under is 206.
Notes: Thunder: here | Blazers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder look to overcome their crunch time woes as they head to Portland to play the Portland Trail Blazers on a Sunday night showdown.
  • The Thunder are 18-18 against Portland since relocation. It’s been such a tight match up.
  • The Trail Blazers beat the Lakers on a last second shot by Damian Lillard in their last match up and are 5-4 on the year.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma).
  • You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for game updates.

Thunder choke against Celtics

  • Recap
  • Despite holding Boston to a season-low 37 points in the first half, the Celtics produced a 64-point second half led by Kyrie Irving’s 22 second half points to secure the win. Oklahoma City has now held their opponents to 42 points or less in the first half of each of the last three games for the first time since Nov. 14-18, 2014.
  • The Thunder defense held Boston to 31.0% shooting in the first half before the Celtics defense held Oklahoma City to 33.3% shooting in the second. Boston and Oklahoma City have the best and second-best defensive ratings in the league of 95.6 and 97.2, respectively.
  • Paul George led the team in scoring as he posted his first double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Carmelo Anthony grabbed a game and season-best 14 rebounds along with 10 points, 3 assists and a block.

NEW FACES

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder added a bunch of new faces this year.
  • Paul George was acquired on June 30 for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
  • Carmelo Anthony joins the Thunder after Oklahoma City sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick to the Knicks for Anthony.
  • Oklahoma City also signed Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson via free agency.
  • Terrance Ferguson was drafted in the first round out of Australia.
  • Oklahoma City also added PJ Dozier, undrafted rookie out of South Carolina to a two-way deal.

OK3

  • The trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony combined for 5,992 total points last season, which is the most by any other set of three teammates in the league this year. They are followed by Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler (5,810 combined

points) and Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James and Derrick Rose (5,307 combined points).

Anthony moving up the ranks

  • Carmelo Anthony currently ranks 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (24,326 points) and fourth among active players behind Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James and Vince Carter.
  • Anthony is also one of six players in league history alongside Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce to record 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 three-point field goals.

PG13

  • Paul George is the only player since he was drafted in 2010 with at least 2,800 rebounds, 700 steals and a three-point percentage of 37 percent or better.
  • He is one of just five players with at least 8,000 points in 400 starts or less alongside Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irvingand Kemba Walker.

Westbrook

  • To cap off his MVP season, Russell Westbrook registered his NBA-record-setting 42nd triple-double of the season last April 9th in Denver (Oscar Roberson tallied 41 triple-doubles during the 1961-62 season). Trailing 103-105 with 2.9 seconds left, Westbrook connected on a game-winning 36-foot 3-point field goal to also become the only player in NBA history to post three 50-point triple-doubles in a single season.
  • He is the only player in NBA history to register seven consecutive triple-doubles on two separate occasions during a single season.
  • Westbrook also posted five straight 30-point triple-doubles this season to become the only player in NBA history to ever accomplish the feat.
  • To put further perspective on Westbrook’s triple-doubles, there are 11 NBA teams that have amassed fewer triple-doubles in their entire team history as compared to the 42 logged by Westbrook

Injury Report

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder are relatively healthy at this point.

Still good odds

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the sixth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fourth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

SCOUTING THE Blazers

  • Al-Foarouq Aminu (ankle) is out.
  • Meyers Leonard (ankle) is out.
  • Wade Baldwin (thumb) is out.
  • CJ Wilcox (knee) is out.
  • Last season, the Blazers finished the regular season 41-41, eighth in the Western Conference.
  • This season, Portland is 5-4 on the year, seventh in the West.
  • In their seasonal series, Oklahoma City went 1-3 against Portland.
  • Overall, the Thunder lead the series 116-112.
  • Since relocation happened for Oklahoma City, it’s 18-all between the two.
  • When games are in Portland, the Thunder are 7-11.
  • Oklahoma City has not won in Portland since Feb. 11, 2014, a streak of six straight losses.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Portland came on March 24, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 103-83 (20-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (35 points) vs. Portland occurred during a 72-107 loss on April 3, 2009.

Next Up

  • On Friday, the Thunder travel to Sacramento for a game against the lowly Kings on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
  • Then, the Thunder travel to Denver for a game against the Nuggets on Thurs., Nov. 9.

Three Keys to the Game

Rebound

Oklahoma City used to be one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA. They rank only 24th this season so far. It’s also telling Oklahoma City is 3-0 when they out rebound their opponent 0-4 when they get out rebounded. (1-0 when they tie). So, leave it to the rebounding Gods to decide who wins this one.

Share the ball

Like rebounding, sharing the ball can be key. Oklahoma City is a cool 4-2 when Russell Westbrook has 10 or more assists. If the MVP gets 10, you might as well chalk up a W tonight. Hopefully he doesn’t try to go right at Damian Lillard and plays within his game.

Get to the foul line

At only 19.5 attempts per game, the Thunder rank 24th in free throw attempts. It doesn’t help Russell Westbrook has struggled from the line in the first two games. Westbrook is 26-of-42 (61.9 percent) this season. He was 2-of-3 in the win over Milwaukee. Westbrook is a career 82.2 percent free throw shooter. The Thunder (and Russ) have to get to the line more.

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Thunder Game Day No. 3: vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Oklahoma City Thunder (1-1, 1-0 home) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (1-1, 0-1 away)

Sunday, Oct. 22 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

 

TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 4-point favorite. The over/under is 210½.
Notes: Thunder: here | T-Wolves: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Thunder look to have a short memory as the rebuilt Minnesota Timberwolves come to Oklahoma City for the first of four match ups this season. They’ll knock out two of them this week.
  • Oklahoma City felt the bitter sting of defeat with a 96-87 set back to the Utah Jazz on Saturday, Oct. 21. Oklahoma City trailed by as many as 20 in the game.
  • Minnesota beat Utah 100-97 on Friday, Oct. 20 to get their first win of the season.
  • The Thunder are 13-2 in their last 15 games against Minnesota, including 15-2 all-time at home.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma).
  • You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for game updates.

Thunder thump Knicks

  • Recap
  • The Thunder was down by as much as 19 in the first half until an 11-3 run to close the half and a couple of jumpers to start the third quarter cut the Jazz lead to four points. A Joe Ingles three-pointer then kicked off a Utah run and Oklahoma City was unable to close the gap.
  • Oklahoma City tallied 14 steals for the second consecutive night and scored 24 points off 19 Utah turnovers.
  • Jerami Grant logged his 5,000th career minute, making him one of five NBA players since he was drafted in 2014 with at least 5,000 minutes and 750 rebounds in less than 70 starts (Will Barton, Trevor Booker, Andre Iguodala and teammate Patrick Patterson).
  • For the second night in a row, Paul George was perfect from the free throw line (3-of-3) as he produced 22 points, five rebounds and five steals.

NEW FACES

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder added a bunch of new faces this year.
  • Paul George was acquired on June 30 for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
  • Carmelo Anthony joins the Thunder after Oklahoma City sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick to the Knicks for Anthony.
  • Oklahoma City also signed Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson via free agency.
  • Terrance Ferguson was drafted in the first round out of Australia.
  • Oklahoma City also added PJ Dozier, undrafted rookie out of South Carolina to a two-way deal.

Anthony moving up the ranks

  • Carmelo Anthony currently ranks 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (24,204 points) and fourth among active players behind Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James and Vince Carter.
  • Anthony is also one of six players in league history alongside Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce to record 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 three-point field goals.

PG13

  • Paul George is the only player since he was drafted in 2010 with at least 2,800 rebounds, 700 steals and a three-point percentage of 37 percent or better.
  • He is one of just five players with at least 8,000 points in 400 starts or less alongside Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irvingand Kemba Walker.

Westbrook

  • To cap off his MVP season, Russell Westbrook registered his NBA-record-setting 42nd triple-double of the season last April 9th in Denver (Oscar Roberson tallied 41 triple-doubles during the 1961-62 season). Trailing 103-105 with 2.9 seconds left, Westbrook connected on a game-winning 36-foot 3-point field goal to also become the only player in NBA history to post three 50-point triple-doubles in a single season.
  • He is the only player in NBA history to register seven consecutive triple-doubles on two separate occasions during a single season.
  • Westbrook also posted five straight 30-point triple-doubles this season to become the only player in NBA history to ever accomplish the feat.
  • To put further perspective on Westbrook’s triple-doubles, there are 11 NBA teams that have amassed fewer triple-doubles in their entire team history as compared to the 42 logged by Westbrook

Injury Report

  • Oklahoma City is relatively healthy heading into tonight’s game.

Still good odds

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the sixth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fourth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

SCOUTING THE T-Wolves

  • The Minnesota Timberwolves finished last season 31-52, 13th in the Western Conference.
  • Minnesota is 1-1 on the season, currently tied for seventh in the Western Conference.
  • In their all-time series against the T-Wolves, Oklahoma City is 80-30.
  • Since moving to Bricktown, The Thunder are 28-7 against Minnesota.
  • When playing at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City is 15-2 all-time vs. the T-Wolves.
  • Last season, Oklahoma City beat Minnesota 3-1 in their regular season series.
  • Oklahoma City has won 13 of their last 14 against the T-Wolves.
  • Minnesota added Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler in the offseason and traded Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine.
  • Justin Patton (foot) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Minnesota came on April 15, 2015, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 138-113 (25-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (42 points) vs. Minnesota occurred during an 87-129 loss on Jan. 7, 2009.

Next Up

  • On Wednesday, The Indiana Pacers (1-2) come to town on Wednesday night for Paul George’s first game against his former team.
  • Following that:
  • Oklahoma City then travels to Minneapolis on Friday night to give the T-Wolves another game.
  • The Thunder will have their second back-to-back of the season, playing the Bulls on Saturday.

Three Keys to the Game

Bench Performance

Oklahoma City’s bench is invisible in the first half. They have a combined eight points in their first two games in the first halves. Oklahoma City has to get their bench more efficient in the production. They’re shooting 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) in the first half.

Go Fast

The Thunder were able to get into transition against the Knicks (35 points) but were only able to score eight points against Utah. This is only a super small sample size but it’s still telling. Minnesota is ranked 19th in allowing fast break points at 11.5 points per game. Maybe this is something Oklahoma City can exploit.

Get to the foul line

At only 20.5 attempts per game, the Thunder rank 21st in free throw attempts. It doesn’t help Russell Westbrook has struggled from the line in the first two games. Westbrook is 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) this season. He was 1-of-4 in the loss to Utah. Westbrook is a career 82 percent free throw shooter. The Thunder (and Russ) have to get to the line more.

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Orlando Summer League Schedule

The Orlando Pro Summer League gets set to kick off in a little over a week. For the Oklahoma City Thunder, they never head to Las Vegas. They prefer the intimate details of the Orlando league. There are no fans. No real distractions. There is media and team personnel there. With the outside world blocked off, the Thunder can better evaluate their prospects. Oklahoma City did win the 2013 OPSL Championship with Jeremy Lamb winning MVP honors.

You’ll get to see a nice squad of Thunder players at this year’s event. Josh HuestisDomas Sabonis, and Semaj Christon, are all expected to play. Oh yeah, and Terrance Ferguson, the Thunder’s most recent draft pick is expected to play.

From the Oklahoma City BlueDaniel HamiltonAlex Caruso, and Dakari Johnson should be suited up as well.

We’re still learning what undrafted free agents will join the team, too. Right now only one confirmed is Malcolm Hill of Illinois. He’s a small forward and should see minutes behind Huestis.

This season, the Thunder will be joined by the Orlando MagicCharlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat and the New York Knicks.

In the past, Orlando has fielded a blue and white squad. That is not the case this season.

All games will be available on NBA.com or you can watch them on your TV on NBATV. Check your local listings and such.

Here is the Oklahoma City schedule for the six-day event:

  • July 1: at Detroit Pistons- 4 p.m.
  • July 2: OFF
  • July 3: vs. New York Knicks – 12 p.m.
  • July 4: vs. Charlotte Hornets – 12 p.m.
  • July 5: vs. Dallas Mavericks – 12 p.m.
  • July 6: Championship Day:

    1st game — 7:00 a.m. — 8th place at 7th place

    2nd game — 9:00 a.m. — 6th place at 5th place

    3rd game — 11:00 p.m. — 4th place at 3rd place

    4th game — 1:00 p.m. — 2nd place at 1st place

Oklahoma City’s history in the OPSL
(since becoming the Thunder)

2008: Sixth Place (of six) — 2-3
2009: Third Place (of six) — 3-2
2010: Champions (of six) — 4-1
2011: No Summer League due to lockout
2012: Fourth Place (of eight) — 3-2
2013: Champions (of 10) — 5-0
2014: Seventh Place (of 10) — 2-3
2015: Fourth Place (of 10) — 3-2
2016: Third Place (of 10) — 4-1

Past OPSL Champions

Year League Champion Score Runner-up League MVP
2013 Orlando Oklahoma City Thunder 85–77 Houston Rockets Jeremy Lamb
2014 Orlando Philadelphia 76ers 91–75 Memphis Grizzlies Elfrid Payton
2015 Orlando Memphis Grizzlies 75–73 (OT) Orlando Magic (White) Aaron Gordon
2016 Orlando Orlando Magic (White) 87–84 (OT) Detroit Pistons Arinze Onuaku

Game Rules

  • Four 10-minute quarters
  • Eight-minute halftime
  • Ten-minute warm-up period prior to the start of each game
  • Teams are in the penalty on the 10th team foul or second in the last two minutes
  • Players foul out on their 10th personal foul
  • Each team will receive two full timeouts per half
  • Mandatory timeouts will be taken at the first stoppage of play after 5:59 and 2:59 of each quarter
  • A timeout taken by a team will negate the next mandatory timeout in that quarter
  • Timeouts do not carry over
  • All timeouts will be 1:45 in duration
  • Each team will also receive one advance (stop play, ability to substitute, and inbound the ball from the 28’ mark in the frontcourt) in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter and in any overtime period

Overtime

  • Two-minute overtime period
  • Each team is allowed one timeout
  • Each team is allowed one advance
  • Penalty begins on the 2nd team foul
  • The second overtime period is sudden death (first team to score a point wins)

All other NBA rules apply.

Competition Format

  • Each team will play five games over the six-day event
  • Standings will be kept over the first five days of the league according to a point system (described below)
  • Every team will play their fifth and final game against the opponent seeded most closely to them in the standings
    • For example, the two teams with the highest point totals will play in the Championship game; the teams with the third and fourth-highest point totals play in a third place game, etc.

Point System

  • Standings over the first six days of the league will be kept using an EIGHT-POINT SYSTEM. In this system, eight points are awarded each game and distributed as follows:
    • Four points for winning the game -One point for every quarter a team wins (in the event of a tied quarter, both teams will receive 0.5 points)
  • As a result, the winning team in each game can collect between five to eight points, while the losing team can collect from zero to three points.

Championship Seeding Criteria

  • Championship seeding will be determined by a team’s total points in the league standings
  • In the event of a tie, the following tie-breaker steps will be in place:
    • Tiebreaker 1: Total point differential
    • Tiebreaker 2: Total points allowed
    • Tiebreaker 3: Coin flip

Note – Overall or head-to-head win/loss record will NOT impact championship day seeding. Seeding will be determined solely by the criteria above.

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Poll: Would Thunder fans welcome back Kevin Durant?

While Kevin Durant just won his first NBA title and Finals MVP, many are happy, sad or mad. Oklahoma City is at home and Durant is celebrating. A lot of bad things were said and some were just a cry for help. However, the real question that came to mind with Durant winning, would he ever return? Probably not.

While everything Durant and LeBron James have done are always compared and contrasted from their first MVP to Durant’s departure from Oklahoma City. A big difference is their post free agency. Durant has said he’s probably not going through the free agency bit again. James was reported by multiple people that he would eventually end up back in Cleveland. They were right.

So, if Durant goes back on his word, does the free agency thing again and returns to Oklahoma City, would he be welcomed back? That’s the unknown variable right now. If we compare the percentages to what LeBron was looking at in 2010, the year he left, Cavs fans are pretty split at this point but most would say no, they don’t want him back. According to a poll from Cleveland.com, Cavs fans would not want him back. They almost chose him over Art Modell, who moved the Browns to Baltimore. Almost the lowest of the low.

Time is healing all wounds. Two seasons later, Cleveland.com did another poll. This time more specific. They asked if LeBron would be still not welcomed but the odds are considerably better.

Then, fast forward to 2014. LeBron has won a couple of titles with the Heat. There were talks of LeBron coming back to Cleveland. You know, the place where they burned his jersey and booed him mercifully as the Heat annihilated a poor Cavs team.

Here’s another Cleveland.com poll.

As you see, they loosened their stance on his return as time went by. It is unknown if the Thunder fan base will do the same thing.

Here is your chance to make a vote: Would you welcome Kevin Durant back to the Thunder?

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Offseason: Thunder draft pick

The Oklahoma City Thunder have the 21st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. This particular draft is one experts across the world predict to be one of the deeper pools of talent in recent years. There is no reason Oklahoma City can’t improve upon its 47-win season last year with this draft pick.

It is important to note that this article will assume the following:

  • Enes Kanter is still apart of the team before and after the draft.
  • Andre Roberson — a restricted free agent — will return to the Thunder.
  • Russell Westbrook strongly informs Sam Presti of his commitment to stay.
  • The Thunder keep their 21st pick and do not trade up or down.

Let’s get right into it.

WHAT THE MOCK DRAFTS ARE SAYING

The dozens of mock drafts available on the internet provide information on what NBA scouts, experts and personalities believe Oklahoma City will choose when their name is called. After looking at mock drafts from DraftExpress, CBS and Bleacher Report to name a few, one thing becomes apparent.

They are going off past history. Most mocks have Oklahoma City taking a power forward or a center.

Since the 2008 draft (the Westbrook draft), the Thunder have selected bigs predominantly. Although slightly — 11 PF’s or C’s to 9 guards — it is apparent Sam Presti wanted to balance the perimeter play of Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden with exceptional big play.

Not to mention Westbrook’s distribution strength lies in penetration and dump-off passes to the bigs. Presti said as much when discussing Westbrook and the Thunder’s possible roster moves at his exit interview last week.

With the game becoming more skill-driven and less about physical mismatches on the post, this could be a great opportunity for Presti to not solely focus on what could help Westbrook’s assist numbers but rather on what could improve the team as currently constructed.

Names like Tyler Lydon from Syracuse, Jonathan Motley from Baylor or Ivan Raab from California dot mock drafts for Oklahoma City. The other name that occurs frequently is Duke sharpshooter Luke Kennard — we will get to his style later.

Again, this pick is about improving the roster as is. With Steven Adams, Kanter, a second year Sabonis and Dakari Johnson in the pipeline, another big could have little impact in year one unless you hit a miracle homerun.

A HISTORY OF THE 21ST PICK

When next season ends, the Thunder will have been in Oklahoma City for 10 years. In that spirit let us look at the type of value the 21st pick can yield over the past 10 years.

  • 2007 Daequan Cook — currently plays in Iran, former 3-point Champion
  • 2008 Ryan Anderson — starts for the Houston Rockets
  • 2009 Darren Collison — starts for the Sacramento Kings
  • 2010 Craig Brackins — out of the league
  • 2011 Nolan Smith — assistant coach for Duke
  • 2012 Jared Sullinger — waived by the Phoenix Suns during the previous trade deadline
  • 2013 Gorgui Dieng — starts for the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2014 Mitch McGary — out of the league
  • 2015 Justin Anderson — starter for the Philadelphia 76ers (started final eight games of 2016-17 season)
  • 2016 DeAndre Bembry — bench player/D-leaguer in the Atlanta Hawks system

Of the 10 picks, only three can be categorized as “busts” while Bembry is just entering his first NBA offseason. The other six are either starting, were starters or at some point were heavy contributors off the bench.

From a value standpoint, that is actually very promising. While only Anderson and Collison had great success as rookie starters, the remaining solid picks built a respectable body of work over time.

In a draft that many believe is the deepest in years, the historical background and incoming talent may suggest the Thunder could find themselves in position to draft a player who could provide immediate production as a reserve or even as a starter.

THE FREQUENT NAMES

Mentioned earlier were Tyler Lydon and Luke Kennard as players that surfaced most often in mock drafts for Oklahoma City. While both are talented and have skills that could help the Thunder, these picks do not move the needle in terms of day one team improvement.

Tyler Lydon (appeared in three mock drafts)

  • Right off the bat, drafting a semi-athletic, rangy power forward makes the Sabonis draft pick a year earlier questionable.
  • Assuming Sabonis is still on the team and very much in the organization’s long term plans, a potential drafting of Lydon would see the Syracuse product lost in a log-jam of talented bigs.
  • He is a more polished shooter than Sabonis was coming out of college, but his lack of on the ball athleticism would relegate him to a stand-in-the-corner type player — hindering his progress.

Luke Kennard (appeared in three mock drafts)

  • While he is a dynamite shooter (44 percent shooter last season from three), he suffers from a scouting report filled with “lacks athleticism” critiques.
  • The Thunder already have Alex Abrines — a sharpshooter who possesses a high ceiling of athleticism — and Doug McDermott, who can be better compared to Kennard, over the next few years.
  • Unless you think Kennard is better than Abrines or McDermott, this pick seems lacking in the improvement department.

The others

  • Jonathan Motley and John Collins of Wake Forest are power forwards, while Ivan Raab is a center.
  • Oklahoma City has one of the more talented front courts from top to bottom in the league.
  • These picks would not help outside shooting, perimeter athleticism or scoring off the bench — the Thunder’s main weaknesses.

SETTING UP THE PICK

Going back to Oklahoma City’s weaknesses, — outside shooting, perimeter athleticism and bench scoring — the 21st pick is an interesting spot to be in.

Considering the depth of the draft, some talented small forward/wing types could slip out of the lottery and fall into Presti’s hands. This is where the North Carolina product Justin Jackson dream comes into play.

Jackson is one of the more talented prospects to come out of the ACC this season. A natural scorer with great size, Jackson has everything that could thrive in the Thunder system from day one. His potential screams late lottery pick, but his lack of build and unpolished offensive game could scare a few teams ahead of the Thunder away.

Realistically, Jackson will more than likely not be there when Oklahoma City picks at 21. What does that leave?

If you are looking for a skill set similar to what Jackson provides, you are looking for a an athletic perimeter player:

  • Who can quickly develop an outside shot at the NBA level to a level where defenders need to respect it.
  • Who possesses versatility to play multiple positions due to size, athleticism and skill set is important.
  • Who’s weaknesses are shielded by playing with ball-dominant guards like Westbrook or Victor Oladipo.

SO WHO’S THE PICK?

Feb 25, 2017; Hartford, CT, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs forward Semi Ojeleye (33) returns the ball against Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) in the second half at XL Center. SMU defeated UConn 69-61. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Semi Ojeleye — SF/PF Southern Methodist 19 ppg 6.7 rpg 

Out of the numerous mock drafts researched, SBNation was the only example of the Thunder not picking a PF/C or Luke Kennard.

Ojeleye is one of the more skilled athletes in this draft. Luckily — or unluckily — for Oklahoma City, the SMU prospect is projected all over the map. Anywhere from a mid-lottery pick to a late second round pick. This is due in large part to  his heavy reliance upon his athleticism which could hurt him as a high pick on a bad team looking for a new star.

Ojeleye is not day one star material on a lottery team. On the Thunder, Ojeleye is a day one contributor, and potentially a great one.

The pros

  • His athleticism has now been mentioned now three times, and for good reason. He is an athletic freak.
  • He can finish at the rim very well. Similar to Jerami Grant where everything two feet from the rim ends up being a thunderous dunk.
  • His size at 6’7″ height provides the versatility to defend guards, wings and some power forwards on switches.
  • He is a capable ball handler and and can be depended upon with the ball in his hands.
  • A solid offensive rebounder, averaged nearly three a game.
  • Agression. This is key. He is not passive and looks to create havoc whether he has the ball in his hands or not.
  • Has the capability of being a great defender with his speed, size and athleticism.
  • When open, his spot-up jumper is smooth and efficient. He shot 49 percent from the floor and nearly 43 percent from three.
  • According to DraftExpress, he was first in the NCAA in pick/pop spot up jumper efficiency — Westbrook strength.
  • Also according to DraftExpress, he was third in iso efficiency. With his strength and ball handling he is able to create on his own when the play breaks down, something the Thunder desperately needed in the postseason.
  • Legit floor stretcher.

The cons

  • While he relied on his athleticism and strength to create space off iso-drives, the NBA will be an adjustment due to Semi not being the biggest or best athlete on the floor most nights.
  • He can be careless with his drives if his jabs and first step don’t get him past his defender.
  • Does not like being around the rim defensively, does not gobble up a ton of defensive boards for a guy with his frame.
  • Leans more towards the raw category in terms of intricate perimeter defense.
  • He foul hunts due to sloppy drives.
  • Does not possess a soft game. No floater or touch around the rim in traffic.
  • When he’s not open, his spot-up jumper is sloppy, forced and unbalanced.
  • Completely right-hand dominant. Needs to develop left-hand dribble to combat savvy NBA defenders.
  • Has a tendency to take bad, quick shots early in the shot clock.
  • While his strength can keep him from getting bullied by bigger forwards, his lack of reach can make him susceptible to over-the-top jumpers.

Why the pick makes sense

Ojeleye’s criticisms can be summed up that he relies too much on his bulky build and athleticism to create offense which also leads to sloppy defensive play on the perimeter. As SMU’s best player and leading scorer, Ojeleye was looked upon to create shots, stretch the floor and basically be the best player in the game.

The funny thing about being on a team with Westbrook, and to a lesser extent Oladipo, is that those cons are nearly cut in half due to him not having to be the best player on the team, or even have the opportunity to shoot early and drive carelessly. The rest can be developed by the Thunder.

Even the defensive rebounding is not a large issue considering Oklahoma City is the best rebounding team in the NBA.

In the postseason it was apparent why the Houston Rockets were able to make plays at the ends of games to win. They had more athletes on the perimeter to stretch the Thunder’s defense and to put pressure on Westbrook’s one man show late. Adding another athlete on the perimeter who has the ability to score, create his own shot and hold his own defensively could be the difference in a tight ball game against the more talented rosters in the league.

Dream scenario

Ojeleye is drafted. This could allow two results.

  • Roberson moves back to the shooting guard position, pushing Oladipo to the bench. This would greatly improve the second unit, make Oladipo’s occasional runs at the backup point guard position more natural and allow Roberson more comfort on the floor.
  • Ojeleye is regulated to the bench day one which could speed up his progression going up against other reserves. If he develops quickly, the bench could get a shot in the arm from another scoring perimeter athlete.

Picturing Oladipo off the bench makes the Thunder a much better, and well balanced squad. A super athlete like Ojeleye to run with either Westbrook or Oladipo sounds exciting.

Again, his weaknesses are nearly snuffed out by not being the primary scorer. Westbrook would be able to penetrate better if another capable wing scorer — one who is not a simple stand-in-the-corner player — is roaming around the perimeter.

Oklahoma City has plenty of bigs stashed. What kept this team from continuing its postseason run was a lack of reliable scorers on the perimeter to ease the burden off Westbrook. Ojeleye provides that potential.

CONCLUSION

While Ojeleye is another type of player that could fall in the “project” category it is important to remember that the 21st pick is hardly a guarantee. The recent history of the pick is promising however.

Drafting another big who will take time to develop seems counterproductive to the Thunder improving on their sixth seeding in the West last season. Ojeleye will require time and experience to develop, but his strengths from day one are assets that can improve the team when the season begins.

It is important to remember this article’s assumptions at the beginning. Kanter being dealt prior to the draft or on June 22nd makes a “safe” PF/C pick more realistic and pragmatic. If Westbrook does not indicate he wants to stay, that could open up an entirely different can of worms.

It is apparent Westbrook and the Thunder need more capable athletes on the perimeter, especially when it comes to scoring. Oladipo suffered from initial postseason exposure in his first playoff experience as an NBA player but will surely improve upon his disappointing outing.

Ojeleye has the potential to be that versatile wing player Oklahoma City desperately needs.

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OKC should invite Oscar Robertson to final home stretch

By Michael E. Keating, Cincinnati Enquirer

Since the inception of the franchise, the Oklahoma City Thunder has been adamant on building its own history and legacy.

While technically the records and numbers of the Seattle SuperSonics remain with the franchise, the Thunder see themselves as a team who’s first days began in 2008. This is out of respect for the people of Seattle who want to keep their history and for those in Oklahoma City who wish to hold on to their own fortunes.

So much so that Oklahoma City denied the ability to don the gold patches that adorn the back collars of every title-winning team’s jersey in 2014. That of course would have commemorated the Seattle NBA Finals championship won by the franchise back in the 1978-79 season.

“It’s important to this organization, and fans, that we keep separate Oklahoma City records that are set here,” former Thunder public relations director Brian Facchini told NewsOK back in 2008.

But now, history has thrust itself upon the busy street of Reno Ave in downtown Oklahoma City. History in the form of a basketball supernova from sunny southern California — Russell Westbrook.

After notching his 38th triple-double last night in Orlando, Westbrook finds himself three away from tying the legendary Oscar Robertson and four from passing him with eight games remaining.

Once, the question was “will Westbrook do it?” Now transitioned to “when will Westbrook do it?”

Count Robertson along with Thunder and Westbrook fans as one who is rooting for the All-Star Oklahoma City point guard to tie or break the record.

“I hope he gets it (a triple-double average this season),” Robertson said on NBA TV earlier in March. “Why should I care, man? I hope he does. I think it’s great to talk about it.”

Yes, in the Thunder’s head, their history began in 2008. But the NBA has been around since the end of the Second World War — one of the more hallowed achievements in the game is Robertson’s 1961-62 triple-double season.

It would be an excellent gesture from the franchise of Oklahoma City if the Thunder invited Robertson to the two final home games.

The first chance Westbrook has of tying Robertson’s 41 triple-doubles is April 4th in Oklahoma City against the Milwaukee Bucks. To do so he would have to triple-double for the second time ever against San Antonio on Friday night and against the Charlotte Hornets for the first time two days later.

After the Milwaukee game, the Thunder go on the road for four games before the regular season and home finale on April 12th against the Denver Nuggets.

For a franchise so focused on creating its own strong legacy in the post-Seattle move, inviting the “Big O” would be a positive way to tap into the pre-Thunder days of the NBA and bridge the eras between Robertson and Westbrook.

Westbrook has been wise to downplay his triple-doubles in exchange for focusing on team success. While the two are certainly connected — the Thunder are 31-7 when he earns a triple-double — the dynamic guard has only worried about wins and losses. As the season and his historic run has progressed, Westbrook has opened up more and more about the possibility of joining Robertson in basketball legend.

“It’s a blessing to be able to come out every night and compete at a high level,” Westbrook told reporters after he tied Wilt Chamberlain for second in NBA history for triple-doubles in a single season. “To be mentioned with those guys (Chamberlain and Robertson) is truly a blessing.”

It could certainly provide an amazing and emotional scene if Westbrook ties or breaks the record with him in attendance.

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OKC assistant Anthony Grant hired as Dayton head coach

Alabama head coach Anthony Grant reacts to a call during a game against Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on February 08, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

In a turn of events, the Dayton Flyers have hired Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Anthony Grant as their new head coach the school announced on Thursday morning.

Grant, who has been an assistant for the last two seasons with the Thunder as a part of Billy Donovan’s first coaching staff. Before joining the Thunder, Grant was the head coach at the University of Alabama from 2009-2015.

“Anthony Grant is a proven winner with the highest integrity,” Dayton athletic director Neil Sullivan said in a statement. “He has successful experience in coaching, recruiting and playing basketball at an elite level. I welcome Anthony to our staff and look forward to partnering with him as we continue to aggressively pursue graduating student-athletes, winning conference championships and advancing in the NCAA tournament. He is absolutely the right coach.”

Grant played for the Flyers from 1983-1987. Former Flyer head coach Archie Miller left to take the head job at Indiana. He was a three-year starter at Dayton and averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in his career.

“I am honored and humbled to be the head coach at the University of Dayton,” Grant said in a statement. “It’s a great responsibility to take over at an institution that is so well-respected. Anyone you talk to in college basketball would say our program is a successful one, but the potential is here for so much more.”

Oklahoma City is 92-58 in two seasons with Grant as an assistant.

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