Grading the OKC Thunder 2023 FIBA World Cup run

Josh Giddey #3 of Australia (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
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Kelly Olynyk #13 (L) and Luguentz Dort #0 of Canada (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images) /

OKC Thunder defensive ace Lu Dort played a similar role for Team Canada

Team Canada, at times, saw their offense grow stagnant, waiting on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to bail them out of trouble and freezing up when the OKC Thunder superstar left the game.

What was consistent for Team Canada was their ability to play menacing defense. Not only did they have the pesky Dillon Brooks, but they also were able to insert OKC Thunder defensive ace Lu Dort into contests. When those two shared the floor, it was a nightmare for opposing offenses.

However, the nightmares were not limited to opponents. Lu Dort sometimes struggled to find a groove on the offensive end. Dort shot just 37 percent from the floor, 34 percent from beyond the arc, and 55 percent at the free throw line.

While I was hoping to see a different version of Lu Dort surrounded by the likes of RJ Barrett and other NBAers, it was much of the same for Team Canada. Dort struggled to score at the rim, converting 36 percent of the time.

There was no vast improvement; there was no different Lu Dort; it was the same Dort we all know and love in Bricktown. For that, he grades out as average.

Grade: C. Lu Dort was, Lu Dort.