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". 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 coach||Billy Donovan|
|General manager||Sam Presti|
|Owner(s)||Professional Basketball Club LLC|
Clay Bennett (Chairman)
|Arena||Chesapeake Energy Arena|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Northwest)|
Conference: 4th (Western)
|Playoff finish||First Round|
(Lost to Jazz 2–4)
|Television||Fox Sports Oklahoma|
|Radio||KWPN and WWLS-FM|
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. 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.
|1||21||Terrance Ferguson||SG||United States||Adelaide 36ers|
|2017–18 Oklahoma City Thunder roster|
|y – Portland Trail Blazers||49||33||.598||0.0||28–13||21–20||9–7||82|
|x – Oklahoma City Thunder||48||34||.585||1.0||27–14||21–20||5–11||82|
|x – Utah Jazz||48||34||.585||1.0||28–13||20–21||7–9||82|
|x – Minnesota Timberwolves||47||35||.573||2.0||30–11||17–24||10–6||82|
|1||z – Houston Rockets *||65||17||.793||–||82|
|2||y – Golden State Warriors *||58||24||.707||7.0||82|
|3||y – Portland Trail Blazers *||49||33||.598||16.0||82|
|4||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|6||x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|8||x – Minnesota Timberwolves||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Clippers||42||40||.512||23.0||82|
|11||Los Angeles Lakers||35||47||.427||30.0||82|
|2017 pre-season game log|
Total: 3–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–0)
Pre-season: 3–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–0)
|2017–18 season schedule|
|2018 playoff game log|
Total: 2–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–3)
First Round: 2–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–3)
|2018 playoff schedule|
|July 6, 2017||To Oklahoma City Thunder
|To Indiana Pacers|
|September 25, 2017||To Oklahoma City Thunder
|To New York Knicks|
2018 Chicago second-round pick
|Andre Roberson||3-year contract worth $30 million|
|Nick Collison||1-year contract worth $2.3 million|
|Russell Westbrook||5-year contract extension worth $205 million|
|Patrick Patterson||3-year contract worth $16.4 million||Toronto Raptors|
|Raymond Felton||1-year contract worth $2.3 million||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Dakari Johnson||2-year contract||Oklahoma City Blue|
|Daniel Hamilton||Two-way contract||Oklahoma City Blue|
|P. J. Dozier||Two-way contract||South Carolina Gamecocks|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Taj Gibson||2-year contract worth $28 million||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Semaj Christon||Waived||Guangzhou Long-Lions|
- Tjarks, Jonathan (October 14, 2017). "NBA Preview: Will Thunder's 'Big Three' challenge Warriors?". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- Baker, Barbara (July 19, 2018). "Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who are expected to buy out his contract". Newsday. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
- "Thunder acquires All-Star forward Paul George". NBA.com/thunder. July 6, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
- "Thunder acquires All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony". NBA.com/thunder. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
- "Thunder signs Andre Roberson to multi-year contract extension". NBA.com/thunder. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
- "Thunder signs Nick Collison". NBA.com/thunder. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
- "Thunder signs Russell Westbrook to a multi-year contract extension". NBA.com/thunder. September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
- "Thunder signs Patrick Patterson". NBA.com/thunder. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
- "Thunder signs Raymond Felton". NBA.com/thunder. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
- "Thunder signs Dakari Johnson". NBA.com/thunder. July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
- "Thunder signs Daniel Hamilton to Two-way contract". NBA.com/thunder. August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
- "Thunder signs PJ Dozier to Two-way contract". NBA.com/thunder. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- "Timberwolves sign forward Taj Gibson". NBA.com/timberwolves. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.