2018–19 Oklahoma City Thunder season

The 2018–19 Oklahoma City Thunder season was the 11th season of the franchise in Oklahoma City and the 53rd in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nick Collison (who had been with the franchise since it was based in Seattle), retired in May 2018 and was not on the roster for the first time since the 2002–03 season. The only remaining former SuperSonics' active players are Jeff Green and Kevin Durant, both of whom played their rookie seasons with the team in Seattle. Collison's retirement also left Russell Westbrook as the longest tenured Thunder player and last remaining player on the roster from the 2011–12 season in which they won the Western Conference and went to the NBA Finals. On March 20, 2019, the Thunder retired Collison's No. 4 jersey, becoming the first Thunder player and the last former Sonic player to have their jersey retired.

2018–19 Oklahoma City Thunder season
Head coachBilly Donovan
General managerSam Presti
Owner(s)Professional Basketball Club LLC
Clay Bennett (Chairman)
ArenaChesapeake Energy Arena
Results
Record49–33 (.598)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Northwest)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Trail Blazers 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Oklahoma
RadioKWPN and WWLS-FM
< 2017–18 2019–20 >

Despite speculation that Paul George would sign with his hometown team, the Los Angeles Lakers, in the off-season, George instead re-signed with the Thunder on June 30, 2018, exactly a year after he was traded to the team from the Indiana Pacers. The Thunder then clinched another playoff season due to the Kings loss to the Rockets on March 30th.

In the playoffs, the Thunder were eliminated by the Portland Trail Blazers in the First Round thanks to a Damian Lillard series-clinching three pointer over Paul George in Game 5. This marked the third consecutive season the Thunder was eliminated in the First Round, and they are 0–9 in road playoff games since Durant's departure from the team. After 11 years, this season also marked the end of an era as Russell Westbrook was traded to the Houston Rockets following this season, and reunited him with former Thunder teammate James Harden, whom had played for the team from the 2009 to 2012 seasons.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Club team
2 45 Hamidou Diallo SG   United States Kentucky
2 53 Devon Hall SG   United States Virginia
2 57 Kevin Hervey PF   United States Texas-Arlington

RosterEdit

Roster listing
2018–19 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) 265 lb (120 kg) 1993–07–20 Pittsburgh
G 30 Burton, Deonte 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1994–01–31 Iowa State
G 6 Diallo, Hamidou   6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1998–07–31 Kentucky
G 8 Evans, Jawun (TW) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996–07–26 Oklahoma State
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) 190 lb (86 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
F 15 Grantham, Donte (TW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1995–03–19 Clemson
F 5 Morris, Markieff 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1989–09–02 Kansas
F 11 Nader, Abdel 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1993–09–25 Iowa State
F/C 3 Noel, Nerlens 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1994–04–10 Kentucky
F 54 Patterson, Patrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1989–03–14 Kentucky
G/F 21 Roberson, André   6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1991–12–04 Colorado
G 17 Schröder, Dennis 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1993–09–15 Germany
G 0 Westbrook, Russell 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: 2019-02-15

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yDenver Nuggets 54 28 .659 0.0 34–7 20–21 12–4 82
xPortland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 1.0 32–9 21–20 6–10 82
xUtah Jazz 50 32 .610 4.0 29–12 21–20 8–8 82
xOklahoma City Thunder 49 33 .598 5.0 27–14 22–19 9–7 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 36 46 .439 18.0 25–16 11–30 5–10 82

ConferenceEdit

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cGolden State Warriors * 57 25 .695 82
2 yDenver Nuggets * 54 28 .659 3.0 82
3 xPortland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 4.0 82
4 yHouston Rockets * 53 29 .646 4.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 50 32 .610 7.0 82
6 xOklahoma City Thunder 49 33 .598 8.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 9.0 82
8 xLos Angeles Clippers 48 34 .585 9.0 82
9 Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 18.0 82
10 Los Angeles Lakers 37 45 .451 20.0 82
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 36 46 .439 21.0 82
12 Memphis Grizzlies 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New Orleans Pelicans 33 49 .402 24.0 82
14 Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 19 63 .232 38.0 82

Game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

2018 preseason game log
Total: 3–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–0)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

2018–19 game log
Total: 49–33 (Home: 27–14; Road: 22–19)
2018–19 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

2019 playoff game log
2019 playoff schedule

Player statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Álex Abrines SG 31 2 588 48 20 17 6 165
Steven Adams C 80 80 2,669 760 124 117 76 1,108
Deonte Burton SG 32 0 240 28 9 6 8 82
Tyler Davis C 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Hamidou Diallo SG 51 3 526 97 17 21 10 190
Jawun Evans PG 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Raymond Felton PG 33 0 379 34 52 10 6 142
Terrance Ferguson SG 74 74 1,931 141 72 40 16 513
Paul George SF 77 77 2,841 628 318 170 34 2,159
Jerami Grant PF 80 77 2,612 417 79 61 100 1,090
Donte Grantham SF 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot SF 21 1 123 18 4 4 1 35
Markieff Morris PF 24 1 387 91 19 11 2 156
Abdel Nader SF 61 1 694 116 20 20 12 241
Nerlens Noel C 77 2 1,055 325 45 66 96 378
Patrick Patterson PF 63 5 861 147 31 16 13 229
Dennis Schröder PG 79 14 2,314 284 323 65 12 1,224
Russell Westbrook PG 73 73 2,630 807 784 142 33 1,675

After all games.[1]
Waived during the season
Traded during the season
Acquired during the season

PlayoffsEdit

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Steven Adams C 5 5 159 36 7 5 5 59
Deonte Burton SG 3 0 4 2 0 0 0 2
Raymond Felton PG 5 0 57 3 3 4 1 11
Terrance Ferguson SG 5 5 128 12 6 2 0 25
Paul George SF 5 5 204 43 18 7 1 143
Jerami Grant PF 5 5 176 28 4 3 10 58
Markieff Morris PF 5 0 59 13 5 1 3 19
Abdel Nader SF 3 0 5 0 0 0 1 2
Nerlens Noel C 5 0 60 19 0 2 3 24
Dennis Schröder PG 5 0 151 16 17 4 0 69
Russell Westbrook PG 5 5 197 44 53 5 3 114

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 6, 2018[2] To Oklahoma City Thunder
Draft rights to Hamidou Diallo
To Charlotte Hornets
2019 second-round pick
Cash considerations
July 20, 2018[3] To Oklahoma City Thunder
Rodney Purvis
To Orlando Magic
Dakari Johnson
Cash considerations
July 23, 2018[4] To Oklahoma City Thunder
Abdel Nader
Cash considerations
To Boston Celtics
Rodney Purvis
July 25, 2018[5] To Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schröder (from Atlanta)
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (from Philadelphia)
To Atlanta Hawks
Carmelo Anthony (from Oklahoma City)
Justin Anderson (from Philadelphia)
2022 protected first-round pick (from Oklahoma City)
To Philadelphia 76ers
Mike Muscala (from Atlanta)
February 1, 2019[6] To Oklahoma City Thunder

2020 protected second round draft pick

To Chicago Bulls

Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot
Cash considerations

Free agencyEdit

Re-signedEdit

Player Signed
Paul George[7] July 6, 2018
Jerami Grant[8] July 7, 2018
Raymond Felton[9] July 12, 2018

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Nerlens Noel[10] July 6, 2018 Dallas Mavericks
Deonte Burton[11] Two-way contract   Wonju DB Promy
Tyler Davis[12] Two-way contract Texas A&M Aggies

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason left New team
Daniel Hamilton[13] Free agent Atlanta Hawks
P. J. Dozier[14] Free agent Boston Celtics
Alex Abrines[15] Personal Issues

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018-19 Oklahoma City Thunder Roster and Regular season Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Thunder Acquires Hamidou Diallo". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Thunder Acquires Rodney Purvis". NBA.com. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Thunder Acquires Abdel Nader". NBA.com. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Thunder Acquires Dennis Schröder and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot". NBA.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Thunder Acquires Protected Second-Round Draft Pick". NBA.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Thunder Signs Paul George to Multi-Year Contract". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Thunder Signs Jerami Grant to Multi-Year Contract". NBA.com. July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Thunder Signs Raymond Felton". NBA.com. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Thunder Signs Nerlens Noel". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "Thunder Signs Deonte Burton to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Thunder Signs Tyler Davis to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Sign Daniel Hamilton and Alex Poythress". NBA.com. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "Celtics Sign PJ Dozier to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "Thunder release guard Alex Abrines, cite personal issue". espn.com. February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.