• Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion about Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Serge Ibaka. After watching him average career highs in scoring and rebounding this season, what are realistic statistical averages for Serge Ibaka next season? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think his scoring will stay around 15 points, but I think he can be even better as a rebounder and passer while also seeing an uptick in his shot-blocking. In addition to going into next season more comfortable, confident and experienced, Ibaka also could benefit from a slight minute increase. So I’ll say he’ll average 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks. Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: He’ll probably be right around those same

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Nick Collison's knee surgery could explain the dip in his numbers this season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Nick Collison, who will turn 34 prior to the start of next season, averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.3 blocked shots in 16.7 minutes, all career lows. Though he appeared in 81 games for the second straight season, Collison’s minutes per game dipped for the third straight year and plummeted to just 10.8 during the postseason.

  • Joel Embiid suffers stress fracture, will not attend NBA Draft

    Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Former Kansas center Joel Embiid went from probable No. 1 draft pick to risky pick after his agent confirmed to Yahoo on Thursday that Emibiid has a stress fracture in his right foot. Embiid's back issues from his one collegiate season at KU were already a red flag, but the latest injury has the Cleveland Cavaliers shying away from taking the 7-footer No. 1 overall in the June 26 draft. Embiid will have surgery on his foot on Friday and will not attend the draft.

  • Nick Collison undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Thursday that veteran forward Nick Collison underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Collison is expected to miss 4-6 weeks before returning to normal offseason activities. This past season, Collison appeared in 81 games and averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.7 minutes per game. Collison, […]

  • PHOTO: Charlotte Hornets unveil their new uniforms

    Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    What do you think of the new Charlotte Hornets jerseys? The Charlotte Bobcats are no more, after the team renamed itself in the offseason as its previous mascot. The new jerseys were unveiled on Thursday. Following Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets played a majority of its home games in Oklahoma City in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

  • OKC Thunder: What's next for Kevin Durant?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Coming off an MVP season and a loss in the conference finals to the eventual NBA champs, Durant acknowledges that he ‘always can be better.’

  • Bill Self: San Antonio's win was good for basketball

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Kansas coach hopes young players took notice of how the Spurs won the NBA title.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Kevin Durant's 2013-14 season.

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Scoring: A. No surprise here. Durant is the best scorer on the planet. His 32-point scoring average this season was a career high and earned him his fourth scoring title in five seasons. But it was also the efficiency with which Durant scored. Despite needing to assume more responsibility while Russell Westbrook healed from knee surgeries, Durant’s career-high 20.8 average shot attempts barely budged his accuracy. He still shot 50.3 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent from 3-point range and 87.3 percent from the foul line. Playmaking: A. One of the best aspects of Durant’s season was he didn’t try to do it all himself. He continued to set up his teammates with the pass. He averaged a career-high 5.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    1: League Most Valuable Player award. Durant took home his first MVP after finishing as the runner-up three times. 2: 50-point games. Durant scored 54 points in a home win over Golden State on Jan. 17 and 51 points in a double-overtime road win at Toronto on March 21. 3: Triple-doubles. 5.5: Assists per game, a career high. 12: Consecutive games of at least 30 points, the longest such scoring streak since Tracy McGrady scored 30 in 14 straight games in 2003. 14: 40-point games. 15: Technical fouls in the regular season, topping last year’s then-career high 12. Durant’s 15 technical fouls were one shy of an automatic one-game suspension and cost him $46,000 this season. 32.0: Points per game,

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together

  • OKC Thunder needs a Danny Green-type of player

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Players who can shoot and defend are out there. It’s Sam Presti’s job to go out and find them.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should Sam Presti do this offseason?

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion. Who is at fault in Game 6? What's next for OKC? Who should they target in the draft? Free Agency? Finals picks? We discuss.

  • Ratings watch: Final game of NBA Finals earns 17.7 on KOCO-5.

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Average ratings were down 12 percent from last year’s series, which went seven games

  • PHOTOS: Thunder center Steven Adams adds Polynesian tattoo to his right forearm

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Back in 2005, when Chris Birdman Anderson was part of the Oklahoma City Hornets, he was already quirky. But his now tattoo-filled body was just in the early stages of its first coat of arm paint: He was 26 then. This is him just a few years later, looking like he had a bad run-in with a box of […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha's solid Thunder career likely ends with a dud

    BY ANTHON SLATER | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Following a regular season littered with injuries and an extended shooting slump, Thabo Sefolosha’s struggles worsened in the playoffs.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Thabo Sefolosha's 2013-14 season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    One season after a career year behind the arc — making 108 threes on 42 percent shooting — Sefolosha completely lost his stroke.

  • NBA Playoffs: Spurs' greatness was born well before the playoffs — and Thunder could learn from that approach

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Success came in April, May and June because of what the Spurs did in November, December and January. The Spurs didn’t lose to a non-playoff team until Jan. 2, and they didn’t lose to another one again until Feb. 10. By that point, the Thunder had already lost to four non-playoff teams on its way to nine regular-season losses against teams that didn’t make the postseason.

  • Vote for Steven Adams in NBA's Social Media Awards

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is a nominee for an NBA Social Media Award in the LOL (laugh out loud) category. Adams, the 20-year-old Thunder rookie who’s known for his funny Tweets and entertaining interviews (oh, and he’s a pretty good player), is nominated for a tweet he sent out Jan. 29 following a […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha's 2013-14 season by the numbers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Thabo Sefolosha scored only two points in what was likely his final playoff series with the Thunder.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Any chance Thabo Sefolosha will be back in OKC next season?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabo Sefolosha: