When former Thunder fan favorites will be back in OKC

Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Dennis Schroder #17 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

More Westbrook-era favorites

As the OKC Thunder competed for a championship with Westbrook leading the way, plenty of role players made their way into Thunder fans’ hearts. Among them was maybe the best backup point guard in Thunder’s history.

Dennis Schroder, who may be remembered best for his ability to frustrate opponents, will be back in Oklahoma City on Feb. 4 as a Toronto Raptor. The 2020 Sixth Man of the Year runner-up will be joined by Raptors head coach Darko Rajakovic, a Thunder assistant for five seasons between 2014 and 2019.

A former OKC Thunder starter will make his way to Paycom Center on Jan. 11 and 23 with the Portland Trail Blazers. After signing a five-year, $160 million deal in the offseason, Jerami Grant has improved dramatically since his time with the Thunder.

Grant played in 239 games with OKC from 2016-19, averaging 13.6 points in his final season with the team and his only one as a starter.

Although he only played with the OKC Thunder as a rookie in 2016-17, Domantas Sabonis has turned into an all-star for the Sacramento Kings. Sabonis’s Kings will be in town on Feb. 11 and April 9.

One more Westbrook-era player of note will return with the San Antonio Spurs. Maybe best known as Westbrook’s pre-game dance partner, Cameron Payne will be in OKC on Nov. 14 and April 10.