The OKC Thunder are well-represented at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, and each member of the franchise has powered their home country to the second round of the World Cup. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey lead the way for their respective home countries, with Lu Dort, Jack White, and Davis Bertans playing various roles to help get their teams over the humps.
Team Canada was by far the most impressive of the first-round World Cup field, a clean sweep in pool play with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dominating each tilt. Team Australia bounced back from a heartbreaking loss against Team Germany in game two to earn a victory in a must-win game three against the host country, Japan. Davis Bertans’ Latvia team also cracked the second round with his floor spacing ability.
How to Watch OKC Thunder players participate in the second round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup
Friday, September 1st, All Times Central:
- Team Spain vs. Team Latvia, 4:45 A.M.
- Team Australia vs. Team Slovenia, 7:10 A.M.
- Team Canada vs. Team Brazil, 8:30 A.M.
Friday’s slate gives OKC Thunder fans an epic matchup of rising star Josh Giddey going up against one of the best players in the World, Slovenian star Luka Doncic. The 20-year-old will be tasked with running the show for the Boomers, and there is no doubt he will need to up his scoring output to keep up with the lethal Doncic.
Sunday, September 3rd, All Times Central:
- Team Australia vs. Team Georgia, 2:30 A.M.
- Team Brazil vs. Team Latvia, 4:45 A.M.
- Team Spain vs. Team Canada, 8:30 A.M.
Sunday’s slate will feature a must-watch game for OKC Thunder fans, with their superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Team Canada taking on Spain. With the rim pressure Gilgeous-Alexander provides, he will be driving into the teeth of the defense often anchored by former Thunder big man Usman Garuba, who is out to prove the Thunder wrong for releasing him last week.
Stay tuned to Thunderous Intentions for recaps and takeaways of the OKC Thunder players performing on the world stage. All games will be broadcast on ESPN+ (subscription required).