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 steals 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.

Scores career-high 29 points
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 16, 2021
Pokusevski notched 29 points (10-19 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds and two assists across 41 minutes in Sunday's win over the Clippers.
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Pokusevski was one of two Thunder players that logged at least 40 minutes, and he made the most of that by carrying the team offensively in the regular-season finale. The rookie started in each of his appearances since concluding his G League stint in late March, and he finished the season scoring in double digits in three of his last four appearances. While consistency and efficiency was a major concern for Pokusevski -- he shot an abysmal 34.1 percent from the field on the season -- he flashed an ability to fill out the stat sheet, making the 19-year-old a particularly appealing prospect in dynasty leagues.
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  • December 1, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $6.08 million contract with the Thunder.
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Scores 13 in return
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 10, 2021
Pokusevski (knee) accumulated 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes during Sunday's 126-98 loss to the Kings.
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Available against Sacramento
FOklahoma City Thunder
May 9, 2021
Pokusevski (knee) is available for Sunday's game against the Kings, Brandon Rahbar of DailyThunder.com reports.
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Officially questionable Sunday
FOklahoma City Thunder
Knee
May 9, 2021
Pokusevski (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kings.
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Ruled out Saturday
FOklahoma City Thunder
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May 7, 2021
Pokusevski (knee) will not play in Saturday's game against the Thunder.
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Out Thursday
FOklahoma City Thunder
Knee
May 5, 2021
Pokusevski (knee) has been ruled out Thursday at Golden State.
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