30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: Oklahoma City Thunder
30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: Oklahoma City Thunder

This article is part of our 30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts series.

With the NBA on hiatus for at least 30 days, I'll be coping by posting an article every day with 30 random/interesting facts from each of the 30 teams. Hopefully, the season will resume when I hit publish on the Wizards' article.

Day 21:

Oklahoma City Thunder

Stats are mostly from Cleaning the Glass, but also RotoWire, NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.

  1. Oklahoma City's preseason over/under was 32.5 wins – a mark they exceeded on Feb. 13.
  2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has played the seventh-most minutes (2,214) in the NBA.
  3. Steven Adams has the fifth most rebounds (196) in the league.
  4. Chris Paul has the sixth-most steals (98) in the league.
  5. Steven Adams is seventh in the league in field-goal percentage (59.1).
  6. Chris Paul is sixth in the NBA in free-throw percentage (90.0).
  7. Danilo Gallinari has the ninth-lowest turnover rate (7.5) in the league.
  8. Chris Paul is 10th in offensive win shares (5.5) and VORP (3.2).
  9. Nerlens Noel's 142.2 points per 100 shot attempts ranks in the 98th percentile for bigs.
  10. Darius Bazley's 94.2 points per 100 shot attempts ranks in the fifth percentile for bigs.
  11. Chris Paul's 123.1 points per 100 shot attempts ranks in the 93rd percentile for point guards.
  12. Chris Paul takes just 10% of his shots at the rim – the second percentile for point guards. He takes 31% of his shots from the long mid-range – in the 100th percentile. He's hit 51% of his long mid-rangers, ranking in the 89th percentile.
  13. Dennis Schroder takes 23% of his shots from the long mid-range – in the 94th percentile for combo guards.
  14. Terrance Ferguson takes 35% of his shots from the corner – in the 99th percentile for wing players.
  15. All five players who have seen the most minutes for the Thunder – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul, Dennis Schroer, Danilo Gallinari, Steven Adams – are in the 86th-plus percentile in drawing non-shooting fouls.
  16. Chris Paul has made the basket on 46.9% of his drawn shooting fouls – in the 96th percentile for point guards.
  17. Nerlens Noel averages a combined 4.9 steals-plus-blocks per 36 minutes.
  18. Chris Paul's +13.4 point differential is the best on the team and in the 98th percentile.
  19. Dennis Schroder has OKC's second-highest point differential (+8.6).
  20. Terrance Ferguson has the worst point differential (-10.5) of anyone on the Thunder who has seen at least 300 minutes.
  21. The Thunder score 13.6 more points per 100 halfcourt plays with Danilo Gallinari on the court – a difference that ranks in the 100th percentile.
  22. The Thunder add an extra 2.3 points per 100 possessions through transition play with Luguentz Dort on the court – a difference that ranks in the 94th percentile.
  23. Opponents shoot 4.6% fewer shots at the rim with Steven Adams on the court – a difference that ranks in the 96th percentile.
  24. Opponents shoot 3.5% more long mid-range jumpers with Hamidou Diallo on the court – a difference that ranks in the 98th percentile in terms of forcing that shot.
  25. Out of all Thunder lineups that have seen 100+ possessions together, the best is +40.9 and contains Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, Danilo Gallinari and Nerlens Noel. The worst is -19.6 and replaces Dort with Terrance Ferguson.
  26. Thunder small-ball lineups – no Steven Adams, Nerlens Noel, Mike Muscala – have a -7.4 net rating in 101 possessions.
  27. Thunder three-guard lineups – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder – are +31.4.
  28. The Thunder have the fifth-best spread differential (+2.2) in the NBA.
  29. Based on net rating, the Thunder have 3.4 more wins than expected – the fourth-highest mark in the NBA.
  30. The Thunder have the third-worst shot profile (52.4 location eFG%) in the NBA.

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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