Grading OKC Thunder Players for their December Performances

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images) /
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The OKC Thunder finished off the month of December with a 6-8 record following their 115-96 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on New Year’s Eve. It was a month filled with many close games that went down to the wire. The Thunder only won one game by more than ten points (December 27th against San Antonio, 130-114), and only lost two games by more than ten points (December 7th at Memphis and on New Years’ Eve against the 76ers).

Fans will remember iconic moments such as SGA’s buzzer-beater to defeat the Portland Trailblazers on December 19th, while also wondering what might have been if they could have stolen near victories against the Heat and Pelicans during their season-long seven-game home stand late in the month. Regardless, it was a solid month for a young team with several players continuing to take steps forward in their development.

Let’s dive into the OKC Thunder player grades for the entire month of December before a tough January stretch opens up for the Bricktown boys

January will be a tougher test. The OKC Thunder have road dates scheduled against several contenders including the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Denver Nuggets. They will also take on the Boston Celtics, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers at home. They finish the month with a home game against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, which would be a more daunting challenge if the Warriors didn’t currently have the worst road record in the entire league.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look back at the month that was. Specifically, let’s dive into each individual Thunder player’s performance throughout the month of December.