Grading Thunder player performances in season opener

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the OKC Thunder (Photo by Harrison Barden/Getty Images)
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Head coach Mark Daigneault of the Oklahoma City Thunder talks to Eugene Omoruyi #97 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images) /

Grading key player performances from the Oklahoma City bench unit against Minnesota.

B+. . F. Oklahoma City Thunder. EUGENE OMORUYI

When the Thunder signed 25-year-old Eugene Omoruyi to a two-way contract this offseason, many people were scratching their heads. However, Omoruyi played fantastically and was one of the more impactful players not on the floor in this game. He tallied five points and four rebounds, and while those stats may not jump off the page, his impact was felt in this game, especially in the second half. In just 14 minutes of action, Omoruyi led the team in plus-minus. Just goes to show how much this team values hustle, hard work, and energy.

The best performance by an opponent in the 115-108 to the Minnesota Timberwolves

RUDY GOBERT. A-. . C. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves’ most shocking off-season addition played great in his season debut. It is always hard to get the offense going in the paint when going up against Rudy Gobert, and he dominated. He finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds on the night. Although he started slow and allowed a small Thunder lineup to get the best of him, he eventually got into a rhythm and owned the paint.

In conclusion

The Thunder have a very talented squad. Many players played well today, while others struggled to shoot the ball. The only hope is that, over time, these players continue to get better and more consistent. Progression is key.

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