OKC Thunder player grades: Tre Mann, two-way players impress in blowout preseason win over NBL’s 36ers

Tre Mann, Eugene Omoruyi and Lindy Waters III each showed out in their own way against the NBL’s Adelaide 36ers.

The Oklahoma City Thunder made sure to not make the same mistake the Phoenix Suns did by starting out strong against the NBL’s Adelaide 36ers in a 33-point loss, 131-98.

The Thunder led the entire way with a lead as large as 40 points.

This game marked the first time Josh Giddey played his first game against his former NBL team since being drafted by the Thunder sixth overall in the 2021 NBA draft.

But the star of the game was Tre Mann — who continues to impress in the preseason after spending all offseason long gaining muscle. Mann scored 26 points and shot 8-of-10 from deep.

Let’s take a look at player grades in the Thunder’s dominating preseason win over the 36ers.

Oklahoma City Thunder 2022 Win Total Odds and Futures Betting Insights

It could be a hard 2022-23 campaign for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they sport an over/under of only 23.5 wins. Thunder Win Total Futures Odds NBA odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook . Odds updated Thursday at 4:29 PM ET. For a full list of sports …

It could be a hard 2022-23 campaign for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they sport an over/under of only 23.5 wins.

Thunder Win Total Futures Odds

NBA odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. Odds updated Thursday at 4:29 PM ET. For a full list of sports betting odds, access USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub.

  • Win Total Over/Under: 23.5
  • Over 23.5 Wins Payout: -105
  • Under 23.5 Wins Payout: -114

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Thunder Betting Stats from 2021-22

  • The Thunder won 49 games against the spread last season, failing to cover or pushing 33 times.
  • Oklahoma City won 66.7% of the games last season it was favored on the moneyline (2-1).
  • OKC won 22, or 27.8%, of the 79 games they played as underdogs last season.
  • At home last year, the Thunder were 12-29. Away, they were 12-29.
  • When favored by 3.5 points or more, the Thunder posted a spotless 1-0 record last season. Meanwhile, they won just one of two games when favored by three points or fewer.
  • As a three-point (or fewer) underdog last season, OKC posted a 5-4 record. The team also was 17-53 when an underdog of 3.5 points or more.

Thunder Futures Betting Trends

  • The Thunder will have the most difficult schedule in the NBA, based on their opponents’ combined win total last season (3443).
  • According to its Northwest Division opponents’ combined win total last year, Oklahoma Citywill be playing the 11th-ranked divisional schedule in terms of toughness.
  • In 2022-23, the Thunder will have 51 games against teams that had winning records last season, including 23 games against teams that won 50 or more games and 10 versus squads that had 25 or fewer wins a year ago.
  • Just eight matchups on Oklahoma City’s schedule this season will feature an opponent that won fewer games than the Thunder last year.
  • The Thunder have worse NBA Championship odds (+100000) than each of their opponents this year.

Oklahoma City 2022 Key Players

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 24.5 PTS, 5.9 AST, 1.3 STL, 45.3 FG%, 30.0 3PT% (89-for-297)
  • Josh Giddey: 12.5 PTS, 7.8 REB, 6.4 AST, 41.9 FG%, 26.3 3PT% (56-for-213)
  • Luguentz Dort: 17.2 PTS, 40.4 FG%, 33.2 3PT% (130-for-391)
  • Aleksej Pokusevski: 7.6 PTS, 40.8 FG%, 28.9 3PT% (57-for-197)

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Oklahoma City Thunder 2022 Win Total Odds and Futures Betting Insights

It could be a hard 2022-23 campaign for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they sport an over/under of only 23.5 wins. Thunder Win Total Futures Odds NBA odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook . Odds updated Thursday at 4:29 PM ET. For a full list of sports …

It could be a hard 2022-23 campaign for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they sport an over/under of only 23.5 wins.

Thunder Win Total Futures Odds

NBA odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. Odds updated Thursday at 4:29 PM ET. For a full list of sports betting odds, access USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub.

  • Win Total Over/Under: 23.5
  • Over 23.5 Wins Payout: -105
  • Under 23.5 Wins Payout: -114

OFFER: Claim your risk-free bet up to $350. Catch the excitement and start betting with Tipico Sportsbook! New customer offer in CO and NJ. 21+, see Tipico.com for Terms and Conditions. Bet now!

Thunder Betting Stats from 2021-22

  • The Thunder won 49 games against the spread last season, failing to cover or pushing 33 times.
  • Oklahoma City won 66.7% of the games last season it was favored on the moneyline (2-1).
  • OKC won 22, or 27.8%, of the 79 games they played as underdogs last season.
  • At home last year, the Thunder were 12-29. Away, they were 12-29.
  • When favored by 3.5 points or more, the Thunder posted a spotless 1-0 record last season. Meanwhile, they won just one of two games when favored by three points or fewer.
  • As a three-point (or fewer) underdog last season, OKC posted a 5-4 record. The team also was 17-53 when an underdog of 3.5 points or more.

Thunder Futures Betting Trends

  • The Thunder will have the most difficult schedule in the NBA, based on their opponents’ combined win total last season (3443).
  • According to its Northwest Division opponents’ combined win total last year, Oklahoma Citywill be playing the 11th-ranked divisional schedule in terms of toughness.
  • In 2022-23, the Thunder will have 51 games against teams that had winning records last season, including 23 games against teams that won 50 or more games and 10 versus squads that had 25 or fewer wins a year ago.
  • Just eight matchups on Oklahoma City’s schedule this season will feature an opponent that won fewer games than the Thunder last year.
  • The Thunder have worse NBA Championship odds (+100000) than each of their opponents this year.

Oklahoma City 2022 Key Players

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 24.5 PTS, 5.9 AST, 1.3 STL, 45.3 FG%, 30.0 3PT% (89-for-297)
  • Josh Giddey: 12.5 PTS, 7.8 REB, 6.4 AST, 41.9 FG%, 26.3 3PT% (56-for-213)
  • Luguentz Dort: 17.2 PTS, 40.4 FG%, 33.2 3PT% (130-for-391)
  • Aleksej Pokusevski: 7.6 PTS, 40.8 FG%, 28.9 3PT% (57-for-197)

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OKC Thunder news: Scouting Basketball co-founder Ramon Carbonell added to team

The Thunder added an international scouting co-founder to their team.

The Oklahoma City Thunder continues to diversify their front office and scouting department.

Scout Basketball — an organization that scouts talent in Europe and Africa — announced on Wednesday that its co-founder Ramon Carbonell has agreed to join the Thunder.

With the Thunder’s history of drafting international players, adding an international scout only strengthens this area. Especially right now with the Thunder undergoing a rebuild and having a massive number of draft picks in the 2020s.

It’s unknown what Carbonell’s specific role with the team will be, but it’s safe to assume his knowledge of international players will come in handy for the Thunder.

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The Athletic predicts the OKC Thunder’s 2022-23 record

The Athletic’s John Hollinger has the Thunder finishing with one of the worst records in the league.

In the Oklahoma City Thunder edition of The Athletic’s John Hollinger 2022-23 season preview, he has them finishing with one of the worst records in the league.

The former vice-president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies predicts the Thunder will finish with a 20-62 record and in 15th place in the Western Conference.

Hollinger cites a lack of talent. He labels Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chet Holmgren, Josh Giddey and Lu Dort as the only young worthwhile prospects on the team.

“After going 22-50 and 24-58 the past two seasons — overachieving their Pythagorean projections even to hit those win totals — Oklahoma City’s 2022-23 campaign doesn’t look like it will go much better.”

In his analysis, Hollinger is heavily critical of the Thunder’s draft history post-2012, writing that the team hasn’t had nearly enough hits despite picking relatively low in drafts until recently.

Hollinger is not a fan of the Thunder’s old draft philosophy of taking young players possessing raw talent with high tools that still need a ton of polishing on their basketball skills.

Hollinger said he was a huge fan of the hires of shooting coach Chip Engelland and front office member Vince Rozman. He believes both could help players improve their skillsets.

While it looks like the Thunder will endure another losing season, the hope at the end of the tunnel includes the team being able to draft either Victor Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson in next year’s draft class.

If that happens, the number of losing seasons for the Thunder might mercifully come end after three seasons of win totals in the 20s.

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Adelaide 36ers vs. Thunder: Lineups, injury reports and broadcast info for Thursday

Josh Giddey gets the chance to play his old team.

The Oklahoma City Thunder continue their preseason schedule with a game against the NBL’s Adelaide 36ers — Josh Giddey’s former NBL club before he was drafted.

This game will mark the second night of a preseason back-to-back following Wednesday’s two-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The 36ers defeated the Phoenix Suns in a preseason game earlier this week, so Giddey and company know not to take their opponent lightly.

Giddey sat the entire second half of the Mavericks game, likely ensuring he will play against his former club despite it being a back-to-back.

OKC Thunder player grades: Josh Giddey’s first quarter highlights 98-96 preseason loss to Mavs

Josh Giddey took 10 shots in his 17 first-half minutes.

The Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Dallas Mavericks in their second preseason in Tulsa, OK, 98-96.

The Thunder and Mavericks both struggled to generate points on offense as the former shot 42.7 percent from the field and the latter shot 40 percent from the field.

A last-second mishap led to the Thunder not getting a chance to tie or win the game.

It was an evenly distributed scoring game for the Thunder as the leading scorer was Josh Giddey’s 13 points, who only played in the first half. All 14 Thunder players scored at least two points.

For the Mavericks, rookie Jaden Hardy led the way with 21 points off the bench. Backup big Christian Wood tallied up a 16-point and 13-rebound double double off the bench.

Let’s take a look at player grades for the Thunder in this preseason two-point loss.

Thunder GM Sam Presti spotted in Las Vegas for Victor Wembanyama vs. Scoot Henderson showdown

Sam Presti was in attendance in Las Vegas to see the top-two projected 2023 picks going at it.

The NBA world focused its attention on Las Vegas on Tuesday night as a G League Ignite-Metropolitans 92 game was headlined by the matchup of Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson — the projected top two picks of the 2023 NBA draft.

The hype was exceeded as both players dominated. Wembanyama finished with 37 points, five blocks and seven 3s. Henderson finished with 28 points and nine assists.

With several general managers and front office members in attendance from teams across the league, both players took advantage of the spotlight and showed out.

One of those general managers in attendance was Oklahoma City Thunder’s Sam Presti, as Gonzaga reporter Theo Lawson noted on Twitter.

The Thunder are projected to have another high lottery pick next year, so Presti visiting Las Vegas to see the top-two players shouldn’t shock too many people.

Nonetheless, it’s definitely an attention getter to see Presti live in the flesh in Las Vegas as he hopes his franchise gets a chance to draft one of Wembanyama or Henderson in next year’s draft.

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2023 NBA mock draft: Who ESPN has the OKC Thunder selecting

The Thunder own two draft picks in this mock draft.

The talk of the league on Tuesday night centered around the G League Ignite vs. Metropolitans 92 game.

The game featured a head-to-head matchup of the projected top two picks of the 2023 NBA draft Victor Wembanymama and Scoot Henderson.

Not only did the game match the hype, but it also exceeded it with two dominating performances that had NBA circles abuzz.

Wembanyama finished with 37 points, five blocks and shot 7-of-12 from three. Henderson finished with 28 points and nine assists.

With NBA general managers such as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Sam Presti in attendance, I’m sure their performances left a lasting impression on the league.

Before the game, ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony released his 2023 NBA mock draft. In this projection, the Oklahoma City Thunder own two picks —  No. 2 overall and No. 34 overall.

Let’s take a look at who the Thunder take in those spots.

Mavericks vs. Thunder: Lineups, injury reports and broadcast info for Wednesday

The Thunder will play their annual Tulsa preseason game against the Mavericks.

The Oklahoma City Thunder play the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.

The Thunder plays their annual preseason game in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the BOK Center against the Mavericks. This will be the second preseason game for the Thunder, who won their first game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

The Thunder will continue to be without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who head coach Mark Daigneault recently announced would miss the next two preseason games as he deals with an MCL sprain.

Daigneault was excited to talk about continuing to grow the Thunder’s relationship with Tulsa since they are the only professional sports team in the state.