Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Westbrook tallied a season-high 36 in Thursday's loss to Phoenix.
Impact: Westbrook is averaging 24.0 points on 58.3 percent shooting over his last five contests. He totaled 27 points and was 6 of 24 from the field over his first two games back from injury.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Durant scored 34 in a losing effort against Phoenix on Thursday.
Impact: For those who questioned how teammate Russell Westbrook's return would affect Durant, he's averaging 34.1 points over seven games with Westbrook back in the fold.
News: Westbrook finished with 36 points (13-22 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists, and four steals in 30 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Just one game after recording a triple double in just 20 minutes, Westbrook nearly repeated the feat but put up a season high 36 points in just 30 minutes. He still isn't playing big minutes, but that isn't stopping him from putting up impressive stat lines in the opportunities he's being given.
News: Durant scored 34 points (12-24 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 7-7 FT) to go with seven rebounds and five assists in 44 minutes.
Impact: Durant was overshadowed by Russell Westbrook's near triple double and Gerald Green's 41 points, but he put together yet another exceptional shooting game. He's now averaging 31.7 points for the season and does not appear to have slowed down even with Westbrook's return.
News: Butler recorded 14 points (4-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, and one steal in 29 minutes Thursday.
Impact: After struggling in his debut with the Thunder, Butler shot a bit better from the field including making four threes. It appears that he will be averaging somewhere around 25 minutes a night, at least until Thabo Sefolosha returns.
News: Jones will start Thursday's game against the Suns, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: As expected, Jones will make a third consecutive start in place of Thabo Sefolosha (calf), who is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks. In two games since joining the starting lineup, Jones is averaging eight points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a block in 25.5 minutes.
Reggie Williams - #14 - Guard-Forward - 6'6" - 205lbs
News: Williams will sign a 10-day contract with the Thunder, NewsOK.com reports.
Impact: In 19 games with the Thunder's D-League affiliate in Tulsa this season, Williams has averaged a team-leading 21.1 points, with 5.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 37.5 minutes. He'll get the call to Oklahoma City to provide some added versatility along the wing, with the team's roster currently sitting at 14. The 27-year-old will attempt to build on his NBA career averages of 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Durant scored 42 points while pulling down nine rebounds in the Thunder's 125-92 win over Philadelphia.
Impact: Durant has topped 40 points four times over the past nine games, and he's averaging 36.1 over that stretch.
News: Butler debuted for the Thunder on Tuesday, playing 26 minutes and finishing with 2 points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block against the Sixers.
Impact: With starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (calf) out for the next 4-to-6 weeks, Butler should have the opportunity to play significant minutes for the Thunder. However, on a stacked team consisting of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, it's tough to see Butler having much value outside of deep leagues.
News: Durant scored 42 points (14-20 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 12-18 FT) to go with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes of action against the Sixers on Tuesday.
Impact: Tuesday's 42-pointer marks the 10th time this season that Durant has scored 40 or more points. With Russell Westbrook back in the lineup for the Thunder, Durant has not slowed his roll one bit. Over his past five games, he's averaging 35.4 points, 2.2 three-pointers, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.4 steals on 51.8 percent shooting from the field and 82.8 percent shooting from the line.
News: Westbrook had 13 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, 14 assists and three steals in only 20 minutes en route to a triple-double Tuesday against the woeful Sixers.
Impact: It's safe to say that Westbrook is a must-start in all formats. In his past five games, Westbrook is averaging 19.4 points, 2.2 three-pointers, 4.4 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.8 steals on 50.8 percent shooting from the field and 91.7 percent shooting from the line.
News: Butler will play between 15 and 24 minutes Tuesday against the 76ers, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: He will be a good source of three-point shooting as long as he's seeing 20-plus minutes for the Thunder. Perry Jones III will be the starting shooting guard, but it's quite possible that with Thabo Sefolosha (calf) out, Butler could carve out a nice role on Oklahoma City, and Tuesday will be his first chance to make a good impression on the coaching staff.
News: Jones will get another start at shooting guard Tuesday, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: In his last start Sunday he scored four points in 22 minutes, which demonstrates how risky of a play he is in daily leagues with Thabo Sefolosha (calf) sidelined.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler (personal) will take the court for the first time as a member of the Thunder on Tuesday against the Sixers, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: It's unclear who will immediately start at shooting guard following Sunday's news that Thabo Sefolosha is slated to sit out 4-to-6 weeks due to a strained calf. Coach Scott Brooks is unlikely to utilize the recent addition that is Butler right off the bat, but the wing will likely factor into the mix, acting as a steady source of three-pointers, at the very least.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Westbrook made 10 of 12 shots and scored 26 points in a 116-99 win over Charlotte on Sunday night.
Impact: The Oklahoma City point guard was playing in his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery. He's averaged 23.7 points on 61.0 percent shooting in the past three games. He missed 18 of 24 shots and scored a combined 27 points in his first two games back.
Sun. Mar 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Sefolosha will miss four to six weeks with a left calf strain. Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti made the announcement Sunday before the team's game against Charlotte.
Impact: Sefolosha left Friday's game against Memphis in the first half and didn't return. The 6-foot-7 defensive stopper from Switzerland had started 55 of the team's 59 games this season and averaged 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.
News: Jackson played 27 minutes during Sunday's outing and finished with 17 points (7-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Impact: Jackson may receive an uptick in minutes due to the oncoming extended absence of Thabo Sefolosha (calf). The 23-year-old averages 13.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals on the season.
News: Jones made his first start in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha (calf) on Sunday and played 22 minutes. He was able to contribute four points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), one rebound and two assists during his time on the court.
Impact: Jones should receive a significant increase in playing time over the next 4-6 weeks with Sefolosha sidelined. However, as Sunday's performance suggests, it's unlikely that he'll amount viable value over that stretch.
News: Butler has been unable to join the Thunder on Sunday because of weather delays, but will join the team Monday, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: With the news breaking Sunday that Thabo Sefolosha will miss 4-6 weeks with a calf strain, the door is open for Butler to get a little more run than was initially expected when he signed with Oklahoma City. He could offer three-point shooting for those in deeper category leagues, but the soonest he'll be able to take the court will be Tuesday against the 76ers.
News: Sefolosha will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a calf strain he suffered in Friday's game, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Perry Jones will get the start for Sefolosha in Sunday's game, but the Thunder have a variety of players who could conceivably see extra run in Sefolosha's absence, making it difficult to see any one guy emerging as a fantasy option because of the injury. Sefolosha can be dropped in all single-season leagues.
News: Jones will get the start Sunday in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Sefolosha will miss 4-6 weeks with the calf injury, so Jones should see an expanded role down the stretch. However, he's still unlikely to do enough to offer much fantasy value.
News: The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Butler.
Impact: Oklahoma City announced that they signed the 6-foot-7 forward on Saturday after he cleared waivers. He agreed to a contract buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. The 33-year-old Butler won an NBA title with Dallas in 2011 and adds scoring to a team that expects to contend for an NBA title. He appeared in 34 games for Milwaukee this season, averaging 11.0 points and 4.6 rebounds. He has career averages of 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
News: Jones is a candidate to start Sunday for the Thunder, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Coach Scott Brooks says he likes the length and athleticism that Jones offers but has yet to commit to a starter to replace the injured Thabo Sefolosha. However, it seems like Jones is a pretty solid bet to start. That said, he's certainly not a lock to see starter's minutes, so he's still a risky start in daily leagues.
News: Sefolosha (calf) won't play Sunday, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Sefolosha will have an MRI on Saturday afternoon in order to diagnose the calf injury he suffered in Friday's game. The Thunder have yet to make an announcement as to who will start at shooting guard, but Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb both stick out as options.
News: Jackson practiced Saturday and is fine after suffering what looked like a head injury in Friday's game, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: It certainly wasn't a serious injury, but owners in deeper leagues can feel safe deploying him as usual going forward.
News: Durant scored 37 on 12-of-24 shooting and hit all 10 of his free throws in Friday's win over Memphis.
Impact: Durant is averaging a spectacular 34.9 points over his last 30 games dating back to Dec. 27.
News: Westbrook tallied an efficient 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting with three steals Friday.
Impact: Westbrook is averaging 18.0 points in four games since returning from injury, though he's shooting just 39.6 percent.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Adams has the flu.
Impact: Adams should play Friday regardless.
News: Jackson played 34 minutes and scored 14 points (5-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with three assists in the win over Memphis on Friday.
Impact: Jackson played extra minutes after Thabo Sefolosha (calf) went down in the first quarter. He had played just 24 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Cavaliers, but could see extra time Sunday against Charlotte.
News: Durant scored 37 points (12-24 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 10-10 FT), including 30 points after halftime, to go along with six rebounds and five assists in 43 minutes Friday during the win over Memphis.
Impact: Durant was not going to let the Thunder lose four in a row and took over the game in the second half. He may have been trying to share the limelight with Russell Westbrook, but did not defer to anyone against the Grizzlies.
News: Sefolosha injured his calf in the first quarter of Friday's win over Memphis. He played just four minutes and scored two points (1-1 FG) with two boards.
Impact: The Thunder spread Sefolosha's minutes around, but Caron Butler should get some playing time as soon as he dons a Thunder uniform. If he is forced to miss time, the Thunder will miss his perimeter defense. Tests on Saturday will determine the extent of the injury.
News: Adams played through flu-like symptoms for 25 minutes and provided seven points (1-3 FG, 5-7 FT) with five boards in the win over Memphis on Friday.
Impact: Adams was a game-time decision, but played through the illness and kept Hasheem Thabeet on the bench. He may be somewhat limited Sunday against the Bobcats, but he will likely play and use his fouls against Al Jefferson.
News: Jones started the second half of Friday's game in place of Thabo Sefolosha (calf), the Oklamhoman reports.
Impact: This move was made after Sefolosha left the game in the first half with a strained left calf. The Thunder have developed Jones primarily into a defensive stopper, so even if he were to start any games going forward, it's unlikely he'd have much fantasy value beyond deep leagues.
News: Sefolosha was forced to leave Friday's game with a strained left calf and will not return, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Sefolosha is relied on for his defense by the Thunder, which makes him a limited value piece in fantasy games. We could see Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, or the soon-to-be signed Caron Butler get extra minutes if Sefolosha has to miss any games going forward.
News: Adams (flu) will play and start at center for the Thunder on Friday, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Adams is apparently well enough to try and give it a go Friday. He has only played 16 and 25 minutes in his first two starts since taking over the job as the injury replacement for Kendrick Perkins, so don't look to Adams to be a solid play in anything but deep leagues.
Hasheem Thabeet - #34 - Center - 7'3" - 263lbs
News: Thabeet will get the spot start at center Friday if Steven Adams (illness) is unable to play, the Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Thabeet would give the Thunder the size up front they need to combat the hefty frontcourt of the Grizzlies, but for daily games purposes, Serge Ibaka would probably gain the most value if Adams doesn't play.
News: Adams has the flu and is a game-time decision for Friday's game, FoxSports reports.
Impact: Adams is the starting center for the Thunder with Kendrick Perkins currently sidelined for the next six weeks. If Adams can't play Saturday, that should impact Serge Ibaka the most for daily fantasy purposes.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Butler has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a person close to the situation.
Impact: The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a contract buyout with the 33-year-old forward Thursday and waived him. The source says Butler is expected to sign with Oklahoma City after he clears waivers Saturday.
News: Butler has agreed to sign with the Thunder once he clears waivers on Saturday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Butler recently reached a buyout agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks so he could jump ship and join a contender. The 33-year-old was pursued by the Heat, but ultimately chose to join the Thunder, who currently lead the Western Conference standings. The veteran Butler will add depth and experience to Oklahoma City's stable of wing players, but as opposed to Milwaukee's futile lineup, Butler's fantasy stock probably won't be as significant on a loaded Thunder team.
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | STATS
News: The Milwaukee Bucks waived Butler on Thursday after agreeing to a contract buyout.
Impact: The 33-year-old Butler made 13 starts and appeared in 34 games this season, averaging 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. "It's been a dream come true to wear the Milwaukee uniform, which so many of my idols growing up wore," Butler said in a statement released by the team. The former Connecticut star has averaged 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 764 regular-season games in 12 NBA seasons with Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington, Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee.
Thu. Feb 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler and the Bucks reached an agreement on his contract buyout Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Butler was struggling in Milwaukee and this decision comes as no surprise. He's now eligible to sign with a new team, but he will likely be targeting a team that's in the playoff hunt and will play limited minutes off the bench. As for now, Butler will be unable to hit the court in the near future, rendering him almost useless until he signs on with a new team.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Perkins is expected to miss up to six weeks due to a groin injury.
Impact: Perkins is averaging 3.4 points in 54 games. He has very little fantasy value.
News: Westbrook had 24 points (8-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT) and nine assists in 30 minutes in the loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.
Impact: Westbrook had by far his best shooting game of the three since his return from knee surgery. The team may need to adjust to his presence (three straight losses), but it looks like his fantasy value is on the upswing.
News: Durant came up with 28 points (10-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, and nine assists in 41 minutes in the loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Impact: There will be a lot of worry about what is wrong with the Thunder after they have started the second half with three straight losses, but Durant is still producing big numbers (32.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists). The team will need to adjust to Russell Westbrook being back, but it is business as usual for Durant.
Hasheem Thabeet - #34 - Center - 7'3" - 263lbs
News: Thabeet could play Wednesday against the Cavs, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Clearly, the 2009 second overall pick hasn't factored integrally into Oklahoma City's plans this season, but coach Scott Brooks said he hopes to get Thabeet some minutes Wednesday. The big man has appeared in just eight games overall this season and was a DNP-CD in each of the last nine contests. Barring an unforeseen onslaught of injuries, Thabeet's fantasy value is about as minimal as it gets.
News: Butler's agent, Raymond Brothers, is in discussions with the Bucks to buy out Butler's contract, the Racine Journal Times reports.
Impact: This comes as no surprise, as Butler, who is also dealing with an ankle injury, can't possibly be happy on a team like Milwaukee that isn't going anywhere, especially at this stage in his career. Look for Butler to try to catch on with a contender if he is indeed bought out. His fantasy value was already pretty fluid, as the Bucks' rotations have been all over the map this season, and he only has value in deeper leagues going forward.
Tue. Feb 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Perkins will miss six weeks after a medical procedure on his left groin.
Impact: The team said Tuesday that Perkins was injured during the third quarter on Feb. 20 against the Miami Heat, and he did not play Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers. He has averaged 3.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 54 starts. Steven Adams, a rookie, has started all three games Perkins has missed this season.
News: Adams is expected to fill the Thunder's starting center position while teammate Kendrick Perkins (groin) misses at least the next six weeks, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Adams has replaced Perkins in Oklahoma City's starting lineup each of the three times the veteran has not played this season. With that in mind, the rookie figures to see increased involvement for the remainder of the regular season, which should result in a significant uptick in his fantasy stock. Along with Adams, forward Nick Collison and possibly second-year player Perry Jones could receive more playing time across Oklahoma City's front line.
News: Perkins (groin) will be sidelined for up to six weeks after undergoing surgery on his strained left groin, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Perkins suffered the injury during last Thursday's loss to Miami and is now likely to be out of action until either the last week of the regular season or the beginning of the playoffs. While Perkins isn't much of a factor in fantasy circles, the Thunder will miss his leadership on the court. The veteran has only been out of Oklahoma City's starting lineup three times this season and was replaced by rookie Steven Adams on each occasion. With that in mind, expect Adams to fill the Thunder's starting center position moving forward.
Mon. Feb 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler (ankle) won't take the court for Monday's game at Philadelphia, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
Impact: Following morning shootaround, Butler was expected to make an appearance, however brief, but his high ankle sprain will again keep him on the sideline. The absence should ensure decent run for Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the wing, while Butler should be considered questionable for Thursday's outing at Indiana.
Mon. Feb 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler (ankle) should be able to make an appearance in Monday's game at Philadelphia, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Before sitting out Saturday, Butler averaged 19 points (on 43.8 percent shooting), 5.5 rebounds, and four treys in 30 minutes during Milwaukee's other two post-break outings. Thus, if he plays, he could be a fair (and cheap) source of points and three-pointers, at the very least.
News: Adams got the start Sunday with Kendrick Perkins (strained groin) out, but compiled just one point, six boards and one block, while committing three fouls in just 16 minutes.
Impact: Adams is nothing more than a complimentary piece for the Thunder (one that can't stay out of foul trouble), even when he's in the starting lineup. If he gets any further nods with the starters, he should still be viewed as a shaky fantasy play.
News: Durant dropped a game-high 42 points (15-30 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 10-12 FT) with three boards, 10 assists and two steals in 46 minutes Sunday against the Clippers.
Impact: Somehow the Thunder still lost, despite this masterful performance, but Durant still had a plus-one plus/minus rating, meaning that the Clippers only had the edge for the two minutes Durant was on the bench. There's little to say about Durant's scoring ability that hasn't already been said. He's a monster, in fantasy, and in real life.
Sun. Feb 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Durant had another big game with 42 points and 10 assists in a 125-117 loss to the visiting Clippers on Sunday.
Impact: Durant appears to be on another roll, averaging 38.0 points over his last five games.
News: Butler (ankle) is traveling with the team to Philadelphia, but is still questionable for Monday's game, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Butler has missed the majority of the Bucks' games in February, but did play significant minutes during the four games that he was able to participate in. If he's ultimately unable to play Monday then Giannis Antetokounmpo may get an uptick in minutes.
News: Adams will start at center Sunday versus the Clippers, 107.7 The Franchise reports.
Impact: Adams is getting the nod in place of Kendrick Perkins, who sustained a groin strain in the Thunder's last tilt Thursday against the Heat and is expected to sit out at least a week. In two previous starts, Adams didn't exactly impress, averaging five points (on 80 percent shooting) and two rebounds in 18 minutes. Thus, owners in search of typical frontcourt production should look elsewhere.
News: Butler (ankle) won't play Saturday against the Pacers.
Impact: The Bucks may split Butler's playing time between starter Khris Middleton and rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo. O.J. Mayo may get a few minutes as well. Butler may return Monday against the 76ers.
News: Butler (ankle) is game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Pacers.
Impact: If Butler can't go, Khris Middleton could get more minutes, but neither player may be a great play against the tough Indiana defense.
News: Perkins won't play Sunday against the Clippers, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: This news comes as no surprise, as the team stated Friday that Perkins would miss at least a week with a strained groin. Coach Scott Brooks indicated Steven Adams would likely get the start in Perkins' place.
Fri. Feb 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins will miss at least one week with a strained groin, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: An MRI revealed Perkins suffered a strained groin and he will be reevaluated in a week. Look for Steven Adams to see increased playing time until Perkins returns.
Fri. Feb 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Perkins (groin) did not practice Friday and will get an MRI done to determine the extent of his injury, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Perkins exited Thursday's game against Miami in the third quarter after a collision impacted his groin area. The big man did not return to action and will now undergo testing to get a better read on his situation. While Perkins is not much of a fantasy factor, his future status is still unknown.
Fri. Feb 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Westbrook tallied 16 points on just 4-of-12 shooting in Thursday's loss to Miami, playing for the first time since Christmas.
Impact: It wasn't a particularly impressive performance, but Miami is a tough matchup for one's first game in nearly two months.
Fri. Feb 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Durant was 10 of 22 from the floor and scored 28 in Thursday's loss to Miami.
Impact: It was another solid night for Durant, but perhaps not at the level many expected in the highly-anticipated showdown with LeBron James, who clearly outperformed him on this occasion.
Thu. Feb 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Westbrook will play Thursday against the Miami Heat. The team announced the decision a few hours before tipoff.
Impact: Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee - the third operation on the knee in nine months. Westbrook made it through a full practice Wednesday for the first time since his most recent surgery, and coach Scott Brooks said he looked good.
Thu. Feb 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Durant is suing his former accountant over what the star NBA star says are mistakes in his taxes.
Impact: Attorneys for Durant say in the federal lawsuit filed last month that California-based accountant Joel Lynn Elliott deducted some personal expenses as business expenses on Durant's tax returns without proper documentation. The expenses include personal travel and a personal chef.
Mon. Feb 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Westbrook will return Thursday against the Miami Heat, his teammate, Kevin Durant said in a recent interview with Grantland's Bill Simmons.
Impact: Westbrook has missed 27 games since having surgery on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee - the third procedure in nine months. The three-time NBA All-Star tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of the playoffs last April. Westbrook underwent an operation after that injury and had another procedure on Oct. 1 to remove a loose stitch. Oklahoma City went 20-7 this season without him.