With the omicron variant raging throughout the national basketball association the resulting effect has equated to postponements and plenty of G-Leaguers and rookies getting extra run. Up until this week, the OKC Thunder was one of the luckier squads avoiding many absences.
OKC Thunder leaps upward in week 10 of national power rankings
It was another strong week for OKC as they won three of their four matches getting revenge versus the Grizzlies while also beating the Nuggets and Pelicans. The lone loss was to the Suns and even in that match, they kept things close.
Let’s take a look at what the national writers had to say about the Thunder in week 10 and where they ranked them.
OKC Thunder power ranking – NBA.com:
Although the stats master has been more generous in his placement of the Thunder he too drops them down two spots from17th to 19th.
The stats mix he offers is compelling as Schuh outlines Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s impact, the move of Darius Bazley to the bench, and what a crime it is SGA and Kenrich Williams don’t get enough playing time together.
To view the full excerpt and Shuhmann’s week 10 power rankings click here.
The 4-1 stretch coincides with Darius Bazley being removed from starting lineup. The Thunder have been outscored by 14.8 points in 389 minutes with Bazley on the floor with three guys — Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and Lu Dort — that have…