Keeping up with the Thunder (KUWTT), Week 19

Here we go with the nineteenth appointment with Keeping Up With the Thunder and my recap about the past week of Thunder basketball.

This week I will write a different format of KUWTT. It’s the end of the season, and the team is so bad that it’s hard to put together five interesting takes. Therefore I am going to write more of a classic (short) week recap. So here we go.

The Thunder played four games in the past week, all of them in California, two against the Sacramento Kings and two against the Golden State Warriors. Zero wins and four losses. The weekly goal of losing every game is achieved. Painful to watch, but it is for the greater good. What do I mean by painful to watch? Well, the Thunder lost by an average of twenty-six points per game. That’s a lot. Like really a lot. OKC has won one game in the last twenty-three games and probably (hopefully at this point) will also lose the last two games against Jazz and Clippers. 

And what’s good about all these losses? Well, Oklahoma City’s record is now 21-49, the bottom three in the league. This gives OKC a high chance to end up with a top 4 pick selection in the upcoming super stack draft.

You might ask if there were some positive, besides increasing the draft lottery chances, in this past week’s debacle. Well, sure, not many, but there are. Darius Bazley played all four games, and he keeps on performing well to close the season. Bazley averaged 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. I am glad to report that his FT% this week was pretty good at 77.8% on 6.8 attempts per game. 

Another player who is always a sure thing when we talk about team positives is Kenrich Williams. Kenny Hustle played only two games, but he surely did not disappoint. Williams averaged 16.5 points while shooting 58.3% from the floor (12.0 attempts per game) and 62.5% from behind the arc (4.0 attempts per game). To this, we can add 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.5 steals. Kenrich played sixty-six games out of seventy this season, and he leads the team in games played.

I am sure players, coaching staff, people who cover the team (me included), and fans can’t wait for this Thunder season to be over. 

Two more games, two more losses, and everyone involved with Oklahoma City Basketball can start to chill. This year, we can enjoy the playoffs without stressing out (for once) and dream about the bright upcoming future this franchise has ahead.

COMING UP

  • Friday, 14th May: Thunder versus Jazz
  • Sunday, 16th May: Thunder versus Clippers

Alberto Bodei

Twitter: @euro_thunder

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