The Thunder got killed in this one, losing by 36 points. It wasn’t pretty at all, but the Thunder are letting the young kids get some major playing time right now. Some unexpected players had great games this time and it’s time to find out who did. This is the Thunder VS. Jazz recap.
Jaylen Hoard Performance
There are no words to explain how this guy is performing right now. He’s had two twenty rebound games in the last four games (his only games he’s played this year) he’s played. That includes a magical 20 points, 20 rebound game. Anyways, this time he put up a nice 23 points, five threes, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and just one turnover on 8/17 from the field and 2/3 from the line. Right now, anyone is getting the chance to have an explosion of a game for the Thunder at this point. They’re giving a lot of G-Leaguers the chance to show off what they have in their repertoire. Expect Hoard to continue putting up numbers in these last two games of the season.
Zavier Simpson Performance
Simpson is another brand new signee for this club. He was starting in this one and he offered a pretty nice line as a distributor. He put up just four points, three boards, a career-high 11 assists, three steals and four turnovers on 2/10 from the field. Simpson was another one of the G-Leaguers that Sam Presti signed just this week and through two games, he’s averaging some nice silly-season numbers. He’s averaging seven points, three boards, eight assists, two steals, one block, and three turnovers on 32% from the field. Expect him to continue getting minutes in these last two games.
Jeremiah Robinson Earl Performance
Robinson-Earl is finally back in the rotation and this time, he put up some nice shooting numbers. He put up 18 points, two rebounds and no turnovers on 6/10 from the field, 2/3 from three and 4/4 from the line. Earl had missed the last two months due to a broken foot, but he’s finally back and healthy. He is averaging 10.4 points, 1.6 threes, four boards, one assist, 0.4 steals, and 0.8 turnovers on 53% from three and 83% from the line ever since he’s been back. He’s going to continue playing relatively low minutes due to his foot, but he’s still getting ample playing time to showcase his all-around game and sharpshooting. Expect him to keep it going.
Isaiah Roby Performance
Roby kept it going against the Jazz, going for a nice 18 points, five boards, five dimes, one steal, and no turnovers on 6/10 from the field, 4/6 from three and 2/3 from the line. Roby is a complete player who isn’t bad in one area and you can see it as he continues to play more. He may be a hot commodity this summer when free agency opens. If he resigns with the Thunder, it could be bad as he could be behind another lottery pick or other random players they may pick up. If he signs with someone else, hopefully he can get more consistent playing time.