OKC Thunder team notes

InsideHoops.com
December 5, 2017

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OKC Thunder team notesHome Sweet Home: The Thunder looks to get its third consecutive win in the final matchup of a three-game homestand as they take on the Utah Jazz tonight for the second time this season. OKC holds an 11-game win streak at home vs. Utah and has won seven of their previous nine games against the Jazz. Dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, the Thunder has gone 248-82 (.752) at home, which stands as the second-best home record in the NBA during this span. Oklahoma City will hit the road again next with a trip to Mexico City for the first time in the regular season to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Dec. 7. This game will mark the NBA’s 25th in Mexico since 1992, the most held in any country outside the United States and Canada.

Turnover a New Leaf: Oklahoma City leads the league in both steals per game (10.45) and opponent turnovers per game (18.4). The Thunder has yet to finish within the Top 5 in the NBA in these categories since they moved to Oklahoma City as their previous season bests were 8.28 steals per game in 2012-13 and 15.2 opponent turnovers per game in 2013-14. Additionally, the Thunder tops the NBA leaderboard for deflections per game (18.0), forced turnovers on 19.1% of opponent possessions, which tops the league, and recovers the most loose balls each game (8.8). The Thunder is also ranked third in the league with a defensive rating of 100.3. Paul George ranks first in the league in deflections per game (4.6), in steals per game (2.50) and has recovered the second-most loose balls each game (1.9). Russell Westbrook is first for the most loose balls recovered per game (2.0), is third in steals per game (2.14) and tied for second in deflections per game (3.5).

Elite Company: Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Thunder has won five Northwest Division titles, reached the Conference Finals on four occasions, the NBA Finals once and amassed a record of 428-234 (.647). Based on winning percentage, the Oklahoma City Thunder ranks as the fourth most winning team among the four major professional sports (NBA, NFL, MLB & NHL).

Leaders of the Pack: The Thunder has three players in the Top 5 league leaders as Paul George has the most steals per game (2.50), Russell Westbrook is tied for first in the NBA in assists per game (9.7) and Steven Adams has the third-best field goal percentage (.639, 106-166 FG). Additionally, Russell Westbrook is third in terms of steals per game (2.14), 15th in rebounds per game (9.1) and 19th in scoring (22.0).

League of Legends: Oklahoma City sprinkles the NBA career leaderboards as Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook hold the third and sixth best scoring averages among active players with 24.6 and 22.7, respectively. Additionally, Westbrook has the second-best career usage rating in NBA history (32.57) behind Michael Jordan and the fourth-best career assist percentage (41.7). Among active players, Westbrook has the fourth-highest career average for steals per game (1.74) while Paul George ranks sixth (1.69). George also holds the fourth-best career defensive rating among active players (100.67).

Analytics Corner: Throughout the Thunder era, Oklahoma City has always been on the cutting edge of analytics and advanced statistics. Throughout the 2017-18 season, Thunder Basketball Communications will provide the media with various data points and advanced basketball metrics.

• The Thunder is forcing turnovers on 19.1% of opponent possessions which leads the NBA

• Just 17.2% of opponent field goal attempts and shooting fouls drawn are in Transition which is first in the NBA

• The Thunder ranks third in the NBA with a 100.3 Defensive Rating and ninth in Net Rating with 2.3

• Oklahoma City holds the fourth-best offensive rebounding percentage in the league at 25.9.

Adams Hitting Shots: Steven Adams ranks third in the league in field goal percentage (.639, 106-166 FG). On Dec. 1 vs. Minnesota, Adams went 11-for-11 from the field and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe, producing the second-best shooting performance from the field in Thunder history after Serge Ibaka’s 12-for-12 on Jan. 31, 2014, and setting a new career-high with 27 points. He is also the only player in NBA history besides Chris Mullin on Dec. 1, 1990 to be perfect from both the field and free throw line with at least 11 and five attempts, respectively.