The Oklahoma City Thunder (29-20) got off to a slow start against the Sacramento Kings (17-30) on Wednesday night, but a career-night from Luguentz Dort and a hot second half gave the boys in blue the 120-100 victory and their sixth consecutive road win.
Sharing is Caring
The Thunder has slowly but surely increased their average number of assists per game as the season has progressed. Coming into tonight’s game, OKC was averaging 21.9 assists per game, good for 26th in the NBA. Despite the low average, the Thunder has done a lot better job this season at moving the ball, especially compared to the last few years.
Tonight, OKC tallied a season-high 32 assists. Chris Paul led the way with 10, Dennis Schröder had 9, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added in 7. Having three point guards who are all capable of wheeling and dealing with the ball in their hands makes OKC extremely dangerous. The fact that all three are on the court at the same time sometimes makes them that much scarier.
Give Dort a Contract Already
With the NBA Trade Deadline quickly approaching, the Thunder is keeping their extra roster spot wide open, likely in case a move is made to be. However, if a move isn’t made, there’s only one thing for Sam Presti to do: give Luguentz Dort a full contract.
Dort is on a two-way contract, and he has proven himself to be yet another diamond in the rough discovered by Presti. Dort was undrafted last June, but Presti knew exactly what he was doing when he signed him to a two-way contract. So far this season, Dort has proven he deserves a full contract, and in his 6 starts in the wake of Terrance Ferguson’s absence, he has defended some of the league’s top guards, all while proving he’s also a capable scorer.
Tonight was all the evidence needed to prove my point. Dort put up a career-high 21 points in 27 minutes, but the most impressive part was the efficiency with which he did it. Coming into the game, Dort was knocking down just 24% of his threes, but tonight he managed to shoot 5-for-6 from downtown.
It makes sense that the Thunder is delaying the contract because of financial purposes, but with an open roster spot, it makes sense that Dort will fill that spot, as long as OKC doesn’t make any major moves.
Whether it’s sooner or later, it doesn’t really matter, as long as Luguentz Dort gets a full NBA contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, I’ll be happy.
On to Phoenix
The Thunder is now headed a little farther south to Phoenix as they will take on the Suns (20-27) on Friday night. OKC handled the first meeting with Phoenix just fine as the Thunder defeated the Suns 126-108 just a little over a month ago. However, the Suns are fresh off a 133-104 shellacking of the Dallas Mavericks, one of their most impressive wins of the season. The Thunder should be able to handle business in Phoenix, but in the NBA, any team can win on any given night.
Tip-off for that game is at 8 PM, and it will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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