THE FLATS – Josh Okogie shines for Nigeria in FIBA Africa qualifiers…OKC decision to keep Derrick favored may prefer the thunder… more in this week’s #ProJackets report.
OKOGIE SHINES IN FIBA AFRICAN QUALIFIER
The Phoenix Suns had players playing with Nigeria’s in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup African qualifiers over the weekend Josh Okogie and Ish Wainright from Uganda, who both produce in all their respective games.
Okogie played in three competitions over the weekend, losing to Ivory Coast 78-66, defeating Guinea and former ASU guard Shannon Evans 89-70 and losing to Angola 70-67.
He had 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, five steals and a block in the loss to Ivory Coast.
The guard also added 10 points, six assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the win over Guinea. He plays for Nigeria with former USC Trojan and current Sacramento Kings center Chimezie Metu.
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— D’Tigers | Nigeria Basketball (@NigeriaBasket) August 27, 2022
HOLMGREN INJURY CREATES OPPORTUNITY FOR CHEAP
Derrick favored gets better chances in Oklahoma City after Chet Holmgren’s injury.
During this offseason’s rampant overhaul of the Thunder’s roster, trading or forgoing favors has been avoided.
OKC kept Favors as a depth piece that most likely wouldn’t see many minutes due to the stack of younger players in front of him.
However, it’s now clear why he was kept in stock on the roster. With Holmgren out, OKC needs bodies on the five.
At 31, Favors is the oldest player in OKC with centermate Mike Muscala. Both offer experienced leadership to the team and their position. Favors is more of a true hub for NBA standards. His physique and size will put him back in contention to fill the void left by Holmgren.
Proof of why they kept him during the off-season where the Thunder focused on color depth.
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The last 3 years have been a great learning experience!! super motivated
— Derrick Favors (@dfavors14) August 29, 2022
ONE VOTE FOR ALVARADO TO START IN NEW ORLEANS
Jose Alvarado has shown that he’s one of the best defenders on ball in the NBA, but he’s also a very good playmaker, which is one underrated part of his game.
His shooting is improving and he seemed comfortable as he knocked them down from behind the bow in the FIBA World Championship qualifiers for Puerto Rico.
Alvarado is tied to a very team-friendly contract, the type the Pelicans will need next season when Zion’s contract renewal begins and their roster gets expensive at the top.
Alvarado was the heart and soul of the Pels bench last season and looks set to play a major role this season, although it’s doubtful he’ll actually crack the starting XI.
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Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado says he won’t be playing for Puerto Rico in the upcoming AmeriCup but is choosing to work with the Pels.
Says he is determined to play next summer’s World Cup: “I know we will qualify!!” pic.twitter.com/oTe4xMgnHl
—Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) August 23, 2022