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Player Grades: JRE B

Player Grades: JRE B

The Thunder have played 26 games and sit 1.5 from the bottom of the western conference standings with a less than appealing record of 8-16. But despite their lackluster win total, Oklahoma City hasn’t been as bad as you may think. Yes, I understand that might be a weird thing to say coming off a recent 73-point loss, but this season OKC has beaten the Lakers twice and maintained a competitive game against the Sixers, Warriors, Hawks and Jazz. The Thunder are not a team you can play without facing a challenge. We’ll be looking at how every Thunder player has performed thus far.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: B-

Robinson-Earl has been a very pleasant surprise after Oklahoma City took him with the 32nd pick in last summer’s draft. His poise and maturity are impressive and he’s developed a strong connection with Josh Giddey in the pick-and-roll. His textbook form has him shooting a respectable 34.9% from three.

He does a great job of floating into open space and making himself available for the pass. As a 6’9″ center he will probably not become a paint beast, but Robinson-Earl has a bright future ahead of him in this league.

Other grades: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander / Lu Dort: A- / Josh Giddey: B+ / Darius Bazley: D