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2015–16 Oklahoma City Thunder season

The 2015–16 Oklahoma City Thunder season was the 8th season of the franchise in Oklahoma City and the 50th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the first under head coach Billy Donovan. After coming just short of making the playoffs the previous season, the Thunder won the Northwest Division and clinched the third seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks in five games in the First Round, and the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the Semifinals (which was also Tim Duncan's final NBA game) before reaching the Western Conference Finals for the fourth time in a span of six seasons, but were eliminated by the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in seven games after leading the series 3–1.

2015–16 Oklahoma City Thunder season
Division champions
Head coachBilly Donovan
General managerSam Presti
Owner(s)Professional Basketball Club LLC
Clay Bennett (Chairman)
ArenaChesapeake Energy Arena
Results
Record55–27 (.671)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Northwest)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finishWestern Conference Finals
(Lost to Warriors 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Oklahoma
RadioKWPN and WWLS-FM
< 2014–15 2016–17 >

After almost pulling what would've been one of the biggest upsets in professional sports history over the 73-9 Warriors, the Thunder missed out on what would’ve been their first Finals appearance since 2012. The Warriors would go on to lose in seven games against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals after they too led the series 3–1.

After the season, Kevin Durant controversially left the team in free agency for the Golden State Warriors.

Key datesEdit

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 14 Cameron Payne PG   United States Murray State
2 48 Dakari Johnson C   United States Kentucky

RosterEdit

2015–16 Oklahoma City Thunder roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 12 Adams, Steven 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1993–07–20 New Zealand
PF 4 Collison, Nick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1980–10–26 Kansas
SF 35 Durant, Kevin (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1988–09–29 Texas
SG 6 Foye, Randy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1983–09–24 Villanova
SF 34 Huestis, Josh 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1991–12–19 Stanford
PF 9 Ibaka, Serge (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1989–09–18 Spain
C 11 Kanter, Enes 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1992–05–20 Turkey
PF 33 McGary, Mitch 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1992–06–06 Michigan
C 13 Mohammed, Nazr 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1977–09–05 Kentucky
SG 2 Morrow, Anthony 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1985–09–27 Georgia Tech
PG 22 Payne, Cameron 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994–08–08 Murray State
SG 21 Roberson, André 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1991–12–04 Colorado
SF 5 Singler, Kyle 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1988–05–04 Duke
SG 3 Waiters, Dion 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1991–12–10 Syracuse
PG 0 Westbrook, Russell (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1988–11–12 UCLA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2016–04–02

Game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

2015 pre-season game log
Total: 5–1 (Home: 4–0; Road: 2–1)
2015–16 pre-season schedule

StandingsEdit

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yOklahoma City Thunder 55 27 .671 0.0 32–9 23–18 13–3 82
xPortland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 11.0 28–13 16–25 11–5 82
Utah Jazz 40 42 .488 15.0 24–17 16–25 8–8 82
Denver Nuggets 33 49 .402 22.0 18–23 15–26 4–12 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 26.0 14–27 15–26 4–12 82


Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zGolden State Warriors * 73 9 .890 82
2 ySan Antonio Spurs * 67 15 .817 6.0 82
3 yOklahoma City Thunder * 55 27 .671 18.0 82
4 xLos Angeles Clippers 53 29 .646 20.0 82
5 xPortland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 29.0 82
6 xDallas Mavericks 42 40 .512 31.0 82
7 xMemphis Grizzlies 42 40 .512 31.0 82
8 xHouston Rockets 41 41 .500 32.0 82
9 Utah Jazz 40 42 .488 33.0 82
10 Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 40.0 82
11 Denver Nuggets 33 49 .402 40.0 82
12 New Orleans Pelicans 30 52 .366 43.0 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 44.0 82
14 Phoenix Suns 23 59 .280 50.0 82
15 Los Angeles Lakers 17 65 .207 56.0 82

Regular seasonEdit

Game logEdit

2015–16 game log
Total: 55–27 (Home: 32–9; Road: 23–18)
2015–16 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

2016 playoff game log
Total: 11–7 (Home: 6–3; Road: 5–4)
2016 playoff schedule

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 25, 2015
To Oklahoma City Thunder[1]
Luke Ridnour
2016 conditional draft pick
To Charlotte Hornets
Jeremy Lamb
July 14, 2015
To Oklahoma City Thunder[2]
2018 second-round draft pick
To Boston Celtics
Perry Jones

Free agentsEdit

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Josh Huestis[3] Signed 2-year contract worth $2.3 million Oklahoma City Blue

Re-signingsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Kyle Singler[4] Signed 4-year contract worth $20 million Oklahoma City Thunder
Enes Kanter[5] Signed 4-year contract worth $70 million Oklahoma City Thunder

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hornets Acquire Jeremy Lamb from OKC for Ridnour and 2nd Round Pick". nba.com/thunder. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "Thunder Acquires Trade Exception and Protected Second Round Draft Pick". nba.com/thunder. July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Thunder Signs Josh Huestis". nba.com/thunder. July 30, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "Thunder Signs Singler to Multi-Year Contract". nba.com/thunder. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Thunder Matches Offer Sheet for Kanter". nba.com/thunder. July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.