Aleksej Pokusevski
19-Year-Old ForwardF
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Pokusevski is an 18-year-old 7-footer out of Serbia who weighs just 201 pounds. However, for his height, he has great ball-handling, playmaking and shooting skills. The main issue early in his career will be his weight, as he's really one of the thinnest players in recent memory. It's possible he won't reach his potential until he further fills out his frame, and he might not be an every-day player to start his NBA career. Pokusevski can largely be ignored in standard, and maybe even deep, redraft leagues. Dynasty and keeper leagues are a different story, as he could be worth a flier there as a long-term add. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.08 million contract with the Thunder in December of 2020. Contract includes $3.26 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Pokusevski was born December 26, 2001in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia). He grew up in Novi Sad, where he began playing basketball for local teams. He broke onto the scene as a youth player for Olympiacos Pireaus, a Greek club. Pokusevski has dual-citizenship in Servia and Greece. At age 17, Pokusevski was promoted to the Olympiacos senior team, becoming the youngest EuroLeague player in club history. From there, his stock rose and he caught the attention of more NBA scouts. In 2017, he participated in the Jordan Brand Classic camp. He also played in the Basketball Without Borders Europe camp in 2018 and the NBA All-Star Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in 2019. Pokusevski played for the Serbian national under-17 team and the under-18 team in back-to-back seasons.

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Pokusevski began his professional career in Munich, Germany with Olympiacos U18, playing three games in a tournament. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 23.0 minutes. The following season, in 2018-19, he played for both the U18 team and the parent club for Olympiacos -- four games with the former and two games with the latter. With the U18 team, he averaged 15.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steeals in 26.3 minutes. The next season, in 2019-20, he appeared in 11 games with Olympiacos B, where he averaged 10.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals in 23.1 minutes. He also played one game with the parent club. Arguably the best game of his pro career before the NBA was during the U18 Euro Championship A, playing for Serbia against Germany. In the win on July 27, 2019, Pokusevski posted 16 points (5-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-7 FT), 13 rebounds, seven blocks, five assists and three steals in 29 minutes.

Can't find shooting touch in loss
FOklahoma City Thunder
January 20, 2021
Pokusevski was held scoreless (0-7 FG, 0-5 3Pt) with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 24 minutes Tuesday in the Thunder's 119-101 loss to the Nuggets.
Through his first 11 games, Pokusevski has flashed some intriguing passing skills and shown the ability to pile up defensive stats in limited run (4.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.5 steals in 16.8 minutes per game), but efficiency remains a major issue for the rookie. After another poor shooting night, Pokusevski is sitting on a 23.7 field-goal percentage and a 16.7 three-point percentage. And while his 1.2 assists per game are a solid average for a 19-year-old big man, he's also averaging 1.5 turnovers. Pokusevski was always viewed as more of a long-term prospect, so those rostering him in dynasty formats shouldn't panic.
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Transaction History
  • December 1, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $6.08 million contract with the Thunder.
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Scores 10 points off bench
FOklahoma City Thunder
January 13, 2021
Pokusevski scored 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists and three blocks across 21 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 128-99 loss against the Lakers.
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Clear of concussion
FOklahoma City Thunder
January 8, 2021
Pokusevski (concussion) is available for Friday's game against the Knicks.
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Remains out Friday
FOklahoma City Thunder
January 7, 2021
Pokusevski (concussion) is out Friday against the Knicks.
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Still out Wednesday
FOklahoma City Thunder
January 5, 2021
Pokusevski (concussion) is out for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
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Still in concussion protocol
FOklahoma City Thunder
January 5, 2021
Coach Mark Daigneault said Pokusevski is feeling "a lot better" Tuesday after sustaining a concussion Sunday, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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