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Can the Thunder save money and get better at the same time?

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne The Thunder appears serious about cutting its spending. With the NBA Draft approaching, the Thunder is looking at all of its options, including trading the No. Read more on...
  • 17 hr 26 min ago

Thunder has been trading a bunch of first-round draft picks, but maybe it's time to start using them instead

NewsOK.com By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com The Toronto Raptors won the 2019 NBA championship. You probably knew that. The Toronto Raptors did not have a lottery pick on their roster. Read...
  • 17 hr 28 min ago

A decade after the Thunder's first draft, its approach has evolved with the franchise

NewsOK.com By Maddie Lee Staff writer mlee@oklahoman.com The Beard’s facial hair was cropped short, just a hint of what it – and James Harden – would become, as the 19-year-old buttoned his tan tuxedo...
  • 17 hr 32 min ago

Paul George, Trae Young, Kyler Murray up for 2019 ESPY awards

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne The 2019 ESPYS will have some Oklahoma flavor. Thunder guard Paul George , Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray have each been...
  • 23 hr 44 min ago

NBA Notebook: Former OSU guard Tavarius Shine reportedly works out for Thunder

NewsOK.com Former Oklahoma State guard Tavarius Shine participated in a pre-draft workout with the Thunder on Tuesday, according to a report by Sportando. Shine left OSU after his redshirt junior season to...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Six thoughts on the Thunder leading into the NBA Draft, free agency

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne Staff writer ehorne@oklahoman.com The NBA Draft is only a day away. Not long after that, free agency opens. Read more on NewsOK.com
  • 1 day 18 hr ago

Report: Former OSU guard Tavarius Shine to work out for Thunder

NewsOK.com By Maddie Lee Former Oklahoma State guard Tavarius Shine will participate in a pre-draft workout with the Thunder Tuesday, according to a report by Sportando . Shine left OSU after his...
  • 1 day 23 hr ago

How Iowa State became a launchpad for NBA talent

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne Staff writer ehorne@oklahoman.com The NBA scouts would come to Ames in the fall to watch Iowa State practice. It’s when Fred Hoiberg had an eyebrow-raising revelation. Hoiberg told...
  • 2 days ago

Why is Anthony Davis a New Orleans villain?

NewsOK.com By Berry Tramel btramel@oklahoman.com Anthony Davis soon will be a Los Angeles Laker, traded from New Orleans for a bunch of good ballplayers, a bunch of good draft picks and the Santa Monica...
  • 2 days ago

NBA Draft: How the view from No. 21 looks in the past 10 years

NewsOK.com The view from 21 While the NBA Draft becomes more of a crapshoot the farther teams get away from picking in the Top 10, it isn’t impossible to get a contributor at No. Read more on NewsOK.com
  • 3 days ago

NBA Draft: No. 21 pick a critical part of Thunder's offseason upgrade options

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne Staff writer ehorne@oklahoman.com Did a window of opportunity open for the Thunder? Whether it opened or not, the Thunder had to be prepared to go all-in approaching the NBA Draft. ...
  • 3 days ago

Kevin Durant injury stokes debate on how much is too much for NBA players

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne Staff writer ehorne@oklahoman.com As Golden State’s Kevin Durant clutched the back of his right leg in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Kevin McHale — a three-time NBA champion with the...
  • 4 days ago

NBA Q&A: Hall of Famer Kevin McHale on Kevin Durant, playing through injury, and pressure

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne What would you do for a championship? Kevin McHale would sacrifice his long-term health. Read more on NewsOK.com
  • 4 days ago

NBA payrolls: Southeast Division is rather anonymous

NewsOK.com By Berry Tramel The NBA Southeast Division is the lost division in the league. Only one Southeast team, the seventh-seeded Magic, made the playoffs. Read more on NewsOK.com
  • 5 days ago

NBA Notebook: Sportsbooks down on the Thunder headed into 2019-20 season

NewsOK.com Sportsbooks down on the Thunder headed into 2019-20 season The Thunder is not getting the love of the sportsbooks in their very-early assessments of NBA teams entering the 2019-20 season. ...
  • 5 days ago

The NBA Finals were fun again, even if it took injuries to get us there

NewsOK.com By Berry Tramel The NBA season is over and the Finals were spectacular fun. Oh, not for the Warriors. Read more on NewsOK.com
  • 5 days ago

Sportsbooks down on the Thunder headed into 2019-20 season

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne The Thunder is not getting the love of the sportsbooks in their very-early assessments of NBA teams entering the 2019-20 season. There’s still so much to be determined, whether...
  • 5 days ago

Josh Richardson Basketball Camp returning to Oklahoma

NewsOK.com By Erik Horne Miami Heat guard and Edmond native Josh Richardson will host his third annual Josh Richardson Basketball Camp on June 20 and 21 at Solid Rock Basketball Gym in Edmond (140 W. 15th...
  • 5 days ago

NBA payroll space: Lots of money to spend in the Atlantic Division

NewsOK.com By Berry Tramel The NBA’s Atlantic Division is a load. It consists of the new NBA champion (Toronto), a team that might have been good enough to be the NBA champion (Philadelphia) and a team...
  • 5 days ago

Basketball gods make Warriors pay the price for largesse

NewsOK.com By Berry Tramel Sometimes writers throw around the term “basketball gods.” Count me in the group. I assume you know we don’t really believe such a magistrate exists. Read more on NewsOK.com
  • 6 days ago
Blog Articles

Significant shooting efficiency regression finds Isaiah Roby sliding down draft boards

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — If Sam Presti elects to trade down into the lower portion of the second round is  Nebraska product Isaiah Roby an option who could offer shooting? The OKC Thunder will enter draft night...
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Shamorie Ponds defensive failings aren’t likely to move OKC Thunder

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — Trading down in the draft could land the OKC Thunder a serviceable shooter in Shamorie Ponds, but is that enough to move the needle? With General Manager, Sam Presti dead set on reducing salary...
  • New: 11 hr 23 min ago

OKC Thunder need to heed concerning motor of draft prospect Luka Samanic

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — Big man Luka Samanic continues the trend of fundamentally sound prospects who developed in the European market. The question is whether the OKC Thunder value those tools to the same degree as...
  • New: 11 hr 58 min ago

Goga Bitadze: European stretch five vaults up draft ladders

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — Expected to be the top European prospect selected, Goga Bitadze is a center who offers a wealth of skills and brings a ready made game to the pros. The OKC Thunder won’t get a whiff at him,...
  • 13 hr 52 min ago

The lost season: Darius Bazley risky choice for OKC Thunder

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — A season spent off the hardwood equals questions over development and how ready made his Darius Bazley game is for the pros. The OKC Thunder won’t have the luxury of being patient to...
  • 15 hr 31 min ago

Nassir Little could fall to pick 21, but should OKC pull the trigger?

Thunderous Intentions (Rylan Stiles) — Nassir Little and the OKC Thunder might not be a perfect fit The OKC Thunder are in Win-now mode, and the team has two years left until it is time to try to reel in Paul George again and see if...
  • 16 hr 7 min ago

2019 Draft Prospects: The In-State Rival Guards

SBN: Welcome to Loud City (Dom Flaim) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker : Stats ( http://www.tankathon.com/players/nickeil-alexander-walker ) Alexander-Walker is one of the more intriguing ball handlers who may be available at...
  • 17 hr 7 min ago

Should OKC Thunder trade down to nab Oregon’s Louis King?

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — With the OKC Thunder looking to trade out or down in the draft, Oregon’s Louis King makes a compelling case for Sam Presti to consider. Recently I outlined how trading into the second round...
  • 21 hr 55 min ago

Long term Luguentz Dort could be a talent, but presently he doesn’t fit OKC Thunder needs

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — Canadian Luguentz Dort could transcend into a top NBA talent but the areas of his game missing don’t project well for the current iteration of the OKC Thunder needs. Finding a draft prospect...
  • 22 hr 56 min ago

Mfiondu Kabengele: the prospect with the long term, great upside

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — The OKC Thunder would need to trade down to land Mfiondu Kabengele, but long term he has the potential to be a solid contributing member of a team’s core. Yet another Canadian to consider in...
  • 1 day ago

Adding to the Cast of Characters – Should the OKC Thunder Select Charlie Brown?

Thunderous Intentions (Alex Mcewen) — Much has been discussed regarding OKC Thunder 3-Point shooting, could St Joseph’s Charlie Brown, help cure the shooting woes and fill out the roster? Many fans and pundits believe high draft...
  • 1 day 1 hr ago

Prospect Romeo Langford could fall into OKC Thunder lap in NBA Draft

Thunderous Intentions (Rylan Stiles) — Romeo Langford was once a lock for the lottery, but now NBA Draft experts have him falling as low as OKC Thunder’s 21st pick. Romeo Langford entered college as a can’t miss prospect...
  • 1 day 11 hr ago

Down to Dunk Podcast: NBA Draft Week

DailyThunder.com (Andrew Schlecht) — On today’s podcast we discuss the following topics: Anthony Davis Traded! NBA Draft Week! Thunder Big Board Who should OKC take? And so much more Thanks for listening and subscribe on iTunes!
  • 1 day 12 hr ago

Should the OKC Thunder trade down to land forward prospect Bruno Fernando?

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — A prospect the OKC Thunder could look to trade down to land is  Maryland forward Bruno Fernando who projects all over the mock drafts. Several outlets are reporting OKC Thunder, General...
  • 1 day 12 hr ago

OKC Thunder Draft Series: Gifted big man Jaxson Hayes offers NBA ready skillset

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — The OKC Thunder won’t be buying up to land Texas big man Jaxson Hayes who stands tall in the upper lottery. The athletic Hayes is a serviceable big who could provide immediate help for a...
  • 1 day 18 hr ago

OKC Thunder draft prospect series examines big man Brandon Clarke

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — Thunderous Intentions continues our OKC Thunder draft prospect series continues with a look at Gonzaga big man Brandon Clarke. The Gonzaga big, Brandon Clarke won’t be a player the OKC...
  • 1 day 19 hr ago

Boom or Bust: Jontay Porter creates interesting Draft decision for OKC Thunder

Thunderous Intentions (Rylan Stiles) — Jontay Porter was once a highly touted prospect, but like his brother, injury concerns have him slipping down draft boards. Should the OKC Thunder take a chance on him? Jontay Porter, like his...
  • 1 day 19 hr ago

2019 Draft Prospects: Potential Big Man Candidates

SBN: Welcome to Loud City (Dom Flaim) — Grant Williams Stats ( http://www.tankathon.com/players/grant-williams ) Williams is one of the more interesting prospects in 2019. If this were a few years ago he may be well...
  • 1 day 19 hr ago

OKC Thunder draft prospect series: Recent trade could vault talented De’Andre Hunter up the board

Thunderous Intentions (Tamberlyn Richardson) — Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter is likely to go long before the OKC Thunder make their 21st pick, but the young forward will be an intriguing prospect to follow. Recently social media was...
  • 2 days ago

Is the risk of Kevin Porter Jr worth the potential high reward for the OKC Thunder?

Thunderous Intentions (Alex Mcewen) — Kevin Porter Jr. has lottery pick talent, but will off-court issues prevent him from reaching his potential? Perhaps, he could add needed depth for the OKC Thunder. During the 2014 draft, the OKC...
  • 2 days ago