The OKC Thunder are preparing for the 2023-24 NBA season, as many players on their roster get a mid-Summer tune-up in the 2023 FIBA World Cup; we are also learning preseason dates for the Thunder this fall. In October, the Oklahoma City Thunder will play a special two-game set against the Detroit Pistons, with each game meaning something special as far as preseason action goes.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will begin training camp at the end of September, and quickly after the start of training camp, the team will start their preseason slate, leading into their mid-October season opener. As part of the Thunder preseason schedule, they will take on the Detroit Pistons in a pair of important games for the franchise.
The OKC Thunder will play a special preseason tilt in Early October, playing in Lu Dort’s hometown against the Detroit Pistons.
In the NBA, preseason action is not all that far off from regular season action. Unlike in the NFL, or MLB, players typically play right around their regular season averages. So you still get around 20 minutes of action of your favorite NBA stars per game. This preseason it will be even more special.
Last preseason, the OKC Thunder played host to Josh Giddey’s former NBL Team, the Adelaide 36ers. This season, the Thunder are continuing the trend of playing a meaningful preseason tilt by traveling to Montreal, Canada, Lu Dort’s hometown, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s home country to take on the Detroit Pistons in an exhibition matchup.
Lu Dort has spent part of his summer hosting kids camps in Montreal, Canada, and when the team told him the news of their preseason matchup in his hometown, the defensive ace said, “So excited to bring the guys here and play here in Montreal, It’s been so long since I have played here, at home, So it is going to be so great to play here and to play in front of the fans.”
That is not the only special matchup with the Pistons in early October, the OKC Thunder will also play their annual exhibition tilt in Tulsa, Oklahoma, against the Pistons on October 19th to wrap up the preseason slate of games for the Thunder.
Bricktown basketball is almost back, and even the preseason will feature exciting matchups for this young core.