2015/16 D-League Usage Report: Thunder

The NBA’s relationship with the D-League continues to grow, and this season a total of 19 NBA teams had one-to-one affiliations with D-League clubs. Those NBA organizations without their own affiliates were required to assign players to D-League clubs associated with other NBA franchises. D-League teams could volunteer to take on the assigned players, and if no volunteers emerged, the players were assigned at random.

This significant change from the 2014/15 season came about after the Pacers purchased the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and turned them into their one-to-one partner for the 2015/16 campaign. Other NBA teams have interest in following suit in the years ahead, and the NBA’s ultimate goal for the D-League is for all 30 NBA franchises to have their own D-League squads. You can view the complete list of D-League affiliates here.

We at Hoops Rumors are recapping the D-League-related activity for the 2015/16 campaign for each team and we’ll continue with the Oklahoma City Thunder, whose D-League affiliate is the Oklahoma City Blue:

The Thunder made 27 assignments for the 2015/16 season, sending three players to the D-League for a total of 98 days. Listed below are all the assignments and recalls made by Oklahoma City for the 2015/16 campaign:

Here’s how Oklahoma City’s players performed while on assignment to the D-League this season:

  • Josh Huestis: In 25 appearances Huestis averaged 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 32.1 minutes per outing. His shooting line was .397/.312/.474.
  • Mitch McGary: In 26 appearances McGary averaged 14.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 24.9 minutes per contest. His shooting numbers were .457/.239/.763.
  • Cameron Payne: In two contests Payne averaged 23.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 34.0 minutes per night. His shooting line was .439/.429/.833.

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