Grading the OKC Thunder bench:
Ousmane Dieng, F, OKC Thunder: A
The second-year player made a case to get more minutes on Monday.
Dieng got going in the first half, scoring 12 points without missing a shot. The Thunder’s young forward seemed to be in the right spot on both ends and looked more prepared in this game than he has at just about any other point in his career, a testament to his work in the G League.
Dieng helped halt a Jazz comeback bid in the fourth quarter with a corner three as his night finished with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He also put up three rebounds and two assists.
Jaylin Williams, F, OKC Thunder: B-
Playing just shy of 10 minutes, Williams put up a solid effort. He scored seven points, making all of his shots to go with a rebound, an assist and a steal.
Isaiah Joe, G, OKC Thunder: B
The Thunder’s bench star was flying around defensively, drawing offensive fouls against the Jazz. While he is quite good at making those happen, it is not his top talent.
Against Utah, the sharpshooter put up some looks, nailing three 3-pointers in the win.
Vasilije Micic, G, OKC Thunder: B-
Micic broke down the defense on a drive and kicked out to Jaylin Williams for a jumper to end the third quarter. That is what makes Micic a potential contributor for the Thunder as the season goes on.
He may not be the best scorer or defender, but his playmaking is up there with the best on the Thunder. Micic finished with five assists
Aaron Wiggins, G, OKC Thunder: C
Wiggins averaged more than a shot per minute in his short outing against the Jazz. He finished just 1-of-4 from the floor, including one miss on a dime from Micic.
Kenrich Williams, F, OKC Thunder: C+
Williams did not need to do much for Oklahoma City in this win. Playing only a few minutes, he came in as the small-ball center and made some solid plays.
Aleksej Pokusevski, F, OKC Thunder: D
Shortly after Pokusevski checked in, he was dunked on in transition and was called for goaltending. It never got better for the young forward as he ended with just one rebound and missed both of his shots.
Davis Bertans, F, OKC Thunder: C
The veteran checked in for garbage time minutes and was quick to get a shot up, but he was blocked on a corner three. He had better luck from there, nailing his next and only other look.
Bertans also had an impressive block under the rim in the fourth quarter.
Lindy Waters III, G, OKC Thunder: D
Waters came in for the final few minutes and got some shots up, nailing one of his four looks from 3-point range.