Stiles Points: Arkansas Products Making Impact on OKC Thunder


A pair of Arkansas Razorbacks have been able to provide significant performance for the Oklahoma City Thunder over the course of the most recent run.

This season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have regularly been one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It is easy to point to superstars such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

who is a candidate for Most Valuable Player, Jalen Williams, who is a candidate for Most Improved Player, or Chet Holmgren, who is a candidate for Rookie of the Year. However, the depth provided by the Thunder deserves praise.

Recently, Arkansas natives Jaylin Williams and Isaiah Joe have led those efforts. Razorback pair scored 15 points, 11 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block in Friday's win over Miami. 

Since Joe has been in the game for a while, Mark Daigneault says other teams are starting to pay attention because the shooting guard can "change the game." 

Williams has been making progress in his game over the past month, despite the fact that the sharpshooter has been having an impact on the game for Oklahoma City for some time now. 

During his time on the court, the big man displays a high level of physicality, including accomplishing a commendable job of containing the Heat's standout player Bam Adebayo. 

Starting tonight, Williams averaged 5.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his last six games, shooting 50% from outside the arc on over two attempts and having a big impact in his 16 minutes per game. 

Each gives the Thunder versatility. Williams, a 6-foot-9 big man, played against Miami alone and with Chet Holmgren to boost OKC's aggressiveness. 

 Considering Joe's enhanced defensive capabilities and exceptional floor spacing, it is not difficult for Mark Daigneault to include him into lineups that include any of the Thunder players on the roster. 

Although Oklahoma City is still in the process of building out a deep roster around their stars, the two residents of Fort Smith, Arkansas deserve a hat tip for the success that the Thunder have demonstrated this season. 

In the fourth quarter, Aaron Wiggins scored seven points on perfect shooting, two rebounds, an assist, and a block. OKC defeated Miami with 12 final-frame points, three rebounds, and two blocks from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. 

Despite a black eye and wounds, Chet Holmgren handles NBA violence. Another Thunder fourth-quarter comeback. After overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and pulling away in the final minutes, the Thunder are ready for big games. 

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