It was the final game of the regular season and although the Thunder lost by nice amount, they still secured a nice draft pick. They lost 88-138 and despite it not being a competitive game, the Thunder got a good look at some potential pieces for the future. This is the Thunder VS. Clippers Recap.
Isaiah Roby Performance
Roby only played 18 minutes in this blowout loss but he was still able to put up a really nice line: 16 points, three boards, one dime, two swipes, and just one turnover on 7/15 from the field, 2/5 from three and 0/2 from the line. The fact that he was able to put up 15 shot attempts and put up the line that he did in only 18 minutes is astounding in all honesty. Roby started off the season on a very sour note due to being out of the rotation, but he eventually made his way back into the starting lineup and had some nice games. He is a very good all-around player that is going to be sought after. Hopefully he finds a nice spot in a rotation next year.
Zavier Simpson Performance
We may never hear from this guy again, but he still had another nice game as a starting guard. He put up 17 points, nine boards, seven assists, one steal, one swat, and just two turnovers on 7/15 from the field, 1/3 from three and 2/2 from the line. Simpson was signed as a G-league player that was needed to help the tank. He was a very solid distributor and had some nice moments this season. Maybe he can latch onto another team next year, but it’s not certain what his outlook will be. Shout out to one of the silly-season heroes in OKC!
Georgios Kalaitzakis Performance
Like Simpson, Kal was signed as a filler player for the rest of this season in order to complete the tank. The young rookie also had some nice moments in the last couple games for this club. This time, he put up 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three turnovers on 6/15 from the field, 3/6 from three and 2/4 from the line. In his four game stint with the Thunder, Kal put up 17.5 points, 3.3 boards, three assists, 2.5 steals, 0.3 blocks, and four turnovers a game on 46% from the field and 48% from the line. The free throw shooting and turnovers are woeful but his other contributions to the stat-sheet are cool to see, especially the high steal rate. He’ll probably play a majority of the time in the G-League next year.
Jaylen Hoard Performance
This man is actually insane. He finished this game with 14 points, 15 more boards, three dimes, one steal, one block, and just one turnover on 6/20 from the field, 1/6 from three and 1/1 from the line. Hoard has been a rebounding machine lately, averaging 13.7 of them in the last two weeks. He’s also been averaging a healthy 17.2 points, 2.8 assists, one steal, 0.8 blocks, and just 1.3 turnovers a game on 49% from the field and 43% from the line. Hoard has been playing in the G-League, but hopefully this can get him some recognition from some front offices in the big leagues. Hopefully he can find some playing time somewhere next year.