Luguentz Dort Showcasing Major Value For OKC Thunder

Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA
NBA Analysis Network

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the midst of a rebuild but they have shown that they will be competitive every time they step on the court this NBA season. They haven’t won many games, as they are 6-10 and lost four out of their last five games, but have received some solid production from a few players.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a star in the making and the face of the franchise. He signed a max extension in the offseason, locking him in long-term as part of the team’s foundation for the future. Finding more players that fit the timeline along with him is key for the Thunder.

They have a few intriguing young players, one of whom is Luguentz Dort. Dort is known as more of a defensive specialist, but this season, he has taken his game offensively to another level.

He is averaging a career-high 16.6 points per game as one of the go-to scorers for the team lacking options beyond SGA. Dort has struggled with his 3-point shot this season, making only 30.5 percent of his 3-point attempts, but he has begun finding his stride a little more recently.

LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: This Mavericks-Thunder Trade Is Centered Around Kristaps Porzingis

From November 10th-17th, Dort scored at least 20 points in all five games. The Thunder went 3-2 in that stretch of games as Dort averaged 24.6 points, five rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. He was efficient, making 58.8 percent of his shot attempts, 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers and 77.8 percent of his free throws.

He has been even better efficiency-wise over his last five games, as Dort has made 41.5 percent of his 3-point attempts on 8.2 attempts per game. He scored a season-high 34 points against the Houston Rockets on November 17th, as he made 14-of-22 shots in the game, including four 3-pointers.

LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: This Mavericks-Thunder Trade Is Centered Around Kristaps Porzingis

The offensive improvement from Luguentz Dort this season has been nice to see. If he can sustain the success that he has found recently from the 3-point line, the Oklahoma City Thunder could have another long-term foundational piece on their hands.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.