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 coach||Billy Donovan|
|General manager||Sam Presti|
|Owner(s)||Professional Basketball Club LLC|
Clay Bennett (Chairman)
|Arena||Chesapeake Energy Arena|
|Place||Division: 4th (Northwest)|
Conference: 6th (Western)
|Playoff finish||First Round|
(Lost to Trail Blazers 1–4)
|Television||Fox Sports Oklahoma|
|Radio||KWPN and WWLS-FM|
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.
|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|
|2018–19 Oklahoma City Thunder roster|
|y – Denver Nuggets||54||28||.659||0.0||34–7||20–21||12–4||82|
|x – Portland Trail Blazers||53||29||.646||1.0||32–9||21–20||6–10||82|
|x – Utah Jazz||50||32||.610||4.0||29–12||21–20||8–8||82|
|x – Oklahoma City Thunder||49||33||.598||5.0||27–14||22–19||9–7||82|
|1||c – Golden State Warriors *||57||25||.695||–||82|
|2||y – Denver Nuggets *||54||28||.659||3.0||82|
|3||x – Portland Trail Blazers||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|4||y – Houston Rockets *||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||50||32||.610||7.0||82|
|6||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||49||33||.598||8.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|8||x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||82|
|13||New Orleans Pelicans||33||49||.402||24.0||82|
|2018 preseason game log|
Total: 3–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–0)
Preseason: 3–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–0)
|2018–19 season schedule|
|2019 playoff game log|
First round: 1–4 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–3)
|2019 playoff schedule|
After all games.
‡Waived during the season
†Traded during the season
≠Acquired during the season
|July 6, 2018||To Oklahoma City Thunder
Draft rights to Hamidou Diallo
|To Charlotte Hornets|
2019 second-round pick
|July 20, 2018||To Oklahoma City Thunder
|To Orlando Magic|
|July 23, 2018||To Oklahoma City Thunder
|To Boston Celtics|
|July 25, 2018||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||To Oklahoma City Thunder
2020 protected second round draft pick
|To Chicago Bulls|
|Paul George||July 6, 2018|
|Jerami Grant||July 7, 2018|
|Raymond Felton||July 12, 2018|
|Nerlens Noel||July 6, 2018||Dallas Mavericks|
|Deonte Burton||Two-way contract||Wonju DB Promy|
|Tyler Davis||Two-way contract||Texas A&M Aggies|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Daniel Hamilton||Free agent||Atlanta Hawks|
|P. J. Dozier||Free agent||Boston Celtics|
|Alex Abrines||Personal Issues|
- "2018-19 Oklahoma City Thunder Roster and Regular season Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
- "Thunder Acquires Hamidou Diallo". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
- "Thunder Acquires Rodney Purvis". NBA.com. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
- "Thunder Acquires Abdel Nader". NBA.com. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- "Thunder Acquires Dennis Schröder and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot". NBA.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
- "Thunder Acquires Protected Second-Round Draft Pick". NBA.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Thunder Signs Paul George to Multi-Year Contract". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
- "Thunder Signs Jerami Grant to Multi-Year Contract". NBA.com. July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
- "Thunder Signs Raymond Felton". NBA.com. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
- "Thunder Signs Nerlens Noel". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
- "Thunder Signs Deonte Burton to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 7, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- "Thunder Signs Tyler Davis to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- "Atlanta Hawks Sign Daniel Hamilton and Alex Poythress". NBA.com. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
- "Celtics Sign PJ Dozier to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
- "Thunder release guard Alex Abrines, cite personal issue". espn.com. February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.