The Oklahoma City Thunder hold a scrimmage every year at a high school in Oklahoma to showcase the new team first. This year the OKC Thunder held the scrimmage at Edmond North High School in front of the Huskies. The event was extremely exciting especially since Russell Westbrook talked to the fans/students outside the school about his extension and staying in OKC. The Blue/White scrimmage is a good way for people trying to make the roster to stand out and that’s exactly what happened. This was also the first time in public we were able to get a glimpse of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony working together on the court. The 3 big stars were running drills together before the scrimmage started and looked to have a lot of chemistry in the set plays that Billy Donovan had them run. Check out the plays that worked on below in the video clip.
The scrimmage got underway and the Thunder allowed Carmelo Anthony to wear his hoodie in the game which everyone loved. Melo and PG were on the same team and looked amazing together on the court alongside each other. The only person that was missing in this equation was Russell Westbrook who’s still out with a knee injection and told us he will be back when he feels good. Paul George was the player of the game because he dropped 30 points in the scrimmage and looked like he was in mid season form even before preseason. Melo added 11 points and was able to get to his spots and his offense definitely was on full display. This was one of those games that are usually for the people trying to make a name for themselves but Melo and PG were trying to standout like they weren’t big names.
The player that stood out the most was Semaj Christon because he’s fighting for that backup point guard position and didn’t back down at all. Semaj was going for everything with the coaches watching his every move. Semaj was very vocal and was making plays to help his teammates get in a position to win. The backup center position is going to be something to keep an eye on as well with Dakari Johnson and Nick Collison because once Steven Adams gets out the game someone will need to clog the paint. Johnson looked really good in the scrimmage he finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Terrance Ferguson looked very good and made some exciting plays on a couple of fast breaks for dunks. Ferguson is going to be one of those people that can help off the bench and be a spark on both ends. Overall the Thunder have a talented starting five and need to find that second unit that’s going to get the best out of the bench so they can produce.
The Thunder will start their preseason on Tuesday against the Rockets in Tulsa so stayed tuned for more information and news on the OKC Thunder throughout the season.
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