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2017–18 Oklahoma City Thunder season

The 2017–18 Oklahoma City Thunder season was the 10th season of the franchise in Oklahoma City and the 52nd in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This season was headlined by the acquisitions of All-Star players Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in trades with the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks respectively, in addition to the reigning MVP Russell Westbrook signing a five-year extension worth $205 million. The trio was dubbed the "Big Three" as well as "OK3".[1] The Thunder clinched their playoff berth for the eight time in the last nine seasons with a win over the Miami Heat in a rematch of the 2012 Finals on April 9, 2018.

2017–18 Oklahoma City Thunder season
Head coachBilly Donovan
General managerSam Presti
Owner(s)Professional Basketball Club LLC
Clay Bennett (Chairman)
ArenaChesapeake Energy Arena
Results
Record48–34 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Northwest)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Jazz 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Oklahoma
RadioKWPN and WWLS-FM
< 2016–17 2018–19 >

They finished the regular season with 48–34, which clinched the 4th seed. In the playoffs, the Thunder faced the 5th seeded Utah Jazz in the First Round, a team led by rookie Donovan Mitchell, and lost in six games.

After averaging a then-career low 16.2 points per game during the season, Anthony was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in the offseason, ending the Thunder's Big Three experiment.[2] The season also marked the end of long-time veteran Nick Collison's career, after 14 years. Sometimes referred to as "Mr. Thunder", Collison appeared once in the finals (2012), and following his retirement, left Jeff Green of the Washington Wizards and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets as the last remaining active players who played for the then-Seattle SuperSonics.

Draft PicksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Club team
1 21 Terrance Ferguson SG   United States   Adelaide 36ers

RosterEdit

2017–18 Oklahoma City Thunder roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 8 Abrines, Álex 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993–08–01 Spain
C 12 Adams, Steven 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1993–07–20 Pittsburgh
F 7 Anthony, Carmelo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1984–05–29 Syracuse
F 3 Brewer, Corey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1986–03–05 Florida
F 4 Collison, Nick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1980–10–26 Kansas
G 35 Dozier, P. J. (TW) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996–10–25 South Carolina
G 2 Felton, Raymond 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1984–06–26 North Carolina
G 23 Ferguson, Terrance 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1998–05–17 Advanced Prep International (TX)
F 13 George, Paul 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990–05–02 Fresno State
F 9 Grant, Jerami 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1994–03–12 Syracuse
G 25 Hamilton, Daniel (TW) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995–08–08 Connecticut
F 34 Huestis, Josh 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1991–12–19 Stanford
C 44 Johnson, Dakari 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1995–09–22 Kentucky
F 54 Patterson, Patrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1989–03–14 Kentucky
G 21 Roberson, André   6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1991–12–04 Colorado
F 15 Singler, Kyle 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1988–05–04 Duke
G 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
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2018–04–01

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yPortland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 0.0 28–13 21–20 9–7 82
xOklahoma City Thunder 48 34 .585 1.0 27–14 21–20 5–11 82
xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 1.0 28–13 20–21 7–9 82
xMinnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 2.0 30–11 17–24 10–6 82
Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 3.0 31–10 15–26 9–7 82


ConferenceEdit

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zHouston Rockets * 65 17 .793 82
2 yGolden State Warriors * 58 24 .707 7.0 82
3 yPortland Trail Blazers * 49 33 .598 16.0 82
4 xOklahoma City Thunder 48 34 .585 17.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 17.0 82
6 xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 82
8 xMinnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 18.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 19.0 82
10 Los Angeles Clippers 42 40 .512 23.0 82
11 Los Angeles Lakers 35 47 .427 30.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 38.0 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 82
14 Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 21 61 .256 44.0 82

Game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 3–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–0)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

2017–18 game log
Total: 48–34 (Home: 27–14; Road: 21–20)
2017–18 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

2018 playoff game log
Total: 2–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–3)
2018 playoff schedule

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 6, 2017 To Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George[3]
To Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo
Domantas Sabonis
September 25, 2017 To Oklahoma City Thunder
Carmelo Anthony[4]
To New York Knicks
Enes Kanter
Doug McDermott
2018 Chicago second-round pick

Free agencyEdit

Re-signedEdit

Player Signed
Andre Roberson[5] 3-year contract worth $30 million
Nick Collison[6] 1-year contract worth $2.3 million
Russell Westbrook[7] 5-year contract extension worth $205 million

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Patrick Patterson[8] 3-year contract worth $16.4 million Toronto Raptors
Raymond Felton[9] 1-year contract worth $2.3 million Los Angeles Clippers
Dakari Johnson[10] 2-year contract Oklahoma City Blue
Daniel Hamilton[11] Two-way contract Oklahoma City Blue
P. J. Dozier[12] Two-way contract South Carolina Gamecocks

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason left New team
Taj Gibson[13] 2-year contract worth $28 million Minnesota Timberwolves
Semaj Christon Waived   Guangzhou Long-Lions

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tjarks, Jonathan (October 14, 2017). "NBA Preview: Will Thunder's 'Big Three' challenge Warriors?". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Baker, Barbara (July 19, 2018). "Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who are expected to buy out his contract". Newsday. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "Thunder acquires All-Star forward Paul George". NBA.com/thunder. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Thunder acquires All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony". NBA.com/thunder. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Thunder signs Andre Roberson to multi-year contract extension". NBA.com/thunder. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Thunder signs Nick Collison". NBA.com/thunder. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Thunder signs Russell Westbrook to a multi-year contract extension". NBA.com/thunder. September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Thunder signs Patrick Patterson". NBA.com/thunder. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Thunder signs Raymond Felton". NBA.com/thunder. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Thunder signs Dakari Johnson". NBA.com/thunder. July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Thunder signs Daniel Hamilton to Two-way contract". NBA.com/thunder. August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "Thunder signs PJ Dozier to Two-way contract". NBA.com/thunder. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "Timberwolves sign forward Taj Gibson". NBA.com/timberwolves. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.