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Reviewing the Blue: Nov. 12 to Nov. 20

Reviewing the Blue: Nov. 12 to Nov. 20

The Oklahoma City Blue ended up playing four games this past week. This included six players on the Thunder roster playing at least one game. Let’s take a look at how these five did in their time in the G League.

Tre Mann (2 games): 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 40% shooting from three on 7.5 attempts

Well, it looks like Mann has certainly eaten his fair share of broccoli.

Since being assigned to the Blue on Nov. 14, Mann has shot the ball well from outside and has rebounded the ball well for a guard. Do not be surprised to see Mann get called up to the Thunder in the near future as it is clear he is too good to be with the Blue.

Even with the plethora of Thunder guards, Mann should still find consistent minutes, especially if he can translate most of his outside shooting from the G League to the NBA. The Thunder are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league and any spacing should help Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out tremendously.

Theo Maledon (4 games): 15.8 points, 5.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds

Maledon has struggled with the Thunder this season in almost every facet of offensive basketball. But on the Blue, he has played much better — Which should be expected from last season’s total minutes’ leader. What makes his Blue stints even more impressive is that Maledon’s shooting reaches efficient levels that have not been shown with the Thunder. Makes you wonder if the second-year-guard performs better with the ball in his hands than he does off of it. Blue players have mentioned that Maledon brings a steady presence with his pace and is a steady rock on offense.

Vit Krejci (4 games): 4.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 28% shooting

There’s no other way to put it but besides the fact that Krejci has struggled so far this season with the Blue. It is not like he isn’t getting a ton of run either as he has averaged over 25 minutes this past week. Keep in mind, it’s still early on in the process as he returns from an ACL tear. Expect to see Krejci spend most of the season with the Blue as he works his way back. The good news is that the only way to go from here is up for the 21-year-old.

Paul Watson Jr. (4 games): 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds

Watson Jr. is one of the veterans that Blue players referenced when asked about veteran leadership. The 26-year-old has bounced around both the NBA and G League before given a cup of coffee with the Toronto Raptors last season.

It seems like the Thunder have made it a priority to roster in some established veterans on the Blue who will be with the team for most of the season. This includes guys like Watson Jr., D.J. Wilson and Scotty Hopson. Watson Jr. is one of the two two-way players on the roster, with the other being…

Aaron Wiggins (1 game): 11.0 points, 10.0 rebounds

Wiggins only played in one game with the Blue before being recalled by the Thunder on Nov. 14. He has been with the Thunder ever since and has been playing real minutes with the team in three of the five games.

Thunder Head Coach Mark Daigneault has mentioned numerous times throughout the season that each of these guys will get their fair share of minutes this season and that the team does not view the two-way guys any differently than they do the other 15 players on the roster. It looks like it’s Wiggins’ turn to get a look at. So far, he has shown to be a steady player with a more refined skillset, especially for a guy that was drafted 55th overall in this past draft.

Isaiah Roby (1 game) 14.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists

Roby only played one game but it was enough to show that playing against G League competition is beneath his paygrade. He has played sparingly with the Thunder this season so I would not be shocked if he gets assigned back to the Blue just to get some run.

 

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