I'm not suggesting that only adding Oklahoma City Thunder players to your daily fantasy basketball teams is the way to go. You have to add players from other teams. What I am suggesting is that no team left in the NBA Playoffs has as many moving parts as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Moving parts allows for flexibility when you're playing fantasy basketball. Oklahoma City has so many moving parts, and most of those parts are playing so well, that you can decide when to drop players from other teams that might be to big of a hit to your salary cap. See below for my categorization of Oklahoma City players moving forward in the 2016 NBA Playoffs
Oklahoma City must use
Russell Westbrook – Westbrook's been the best player from any team during the playoffs. He was unreal again in Game 3 against Golden State when scoring 30 points, dishing 12 assists and grabbing 8 rebounds. He had 4 turnovers but he balanced that out with 2 steals. He's a must use no matter who else is available at the point-guard position.
Steve Adams – Oklahoma City's starting center wasn't as good in Game 3 as he normally is. He only scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But he did have a block and he did have an assist. There just isn't another center left in the NBA Playoffs that is going to give you as much production as Steve Adams. I think Adams is a must use.
Oklahoma City consider using…
Kevin Durant – I'm still not as hot on Durant as a lot of other fantasy basketball players. Durant was exceptional in Game 1 when scoring 35 points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing 3 assists. But his turnover to steal ratio was 5 to 3. In Game 2, Durant imploded with 8 steals. He bounced back in Game 3 with a 33 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists, stat line. Plus, he only had 1 turnover. I don't know. I still think Durant might be at best a to consider player. I love Durant but because there are only 4 teams left in the NBA Playoffs, he's always going to be the highest-priced player available.
Serge Ibaka – You will always get production from the Thunder's starting small-forward. Ibaka had a terrible Game 2 when scoring only 3 points. But he grabbed 8 boards and had 3 blocks. He bounced back in Game 3 when scoring 14 points. He also grabbed 8 boards, had 2 blocks and 2 steals. That's a very good stat line for a small forward. Ibaka is close to a must use because if you go with Westbrook, it's going to be tough to go with LeBron James as long as the Cavaliers are still fighting the Raptors in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Oklahoma City fill out your roster with…
Dion Waiters – He had 10 points, 4 assists and 1 rebound in Game 1. In Game 2, he scored 7 points, had 3 assists, had a rebound, had a block and had a steal. In Game 3, he scored 13 points, dished 3 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds. He might be worth putting on your team at the shooting guard position if you want to spend your money elsewhere.
Enes Kanter – If for some reason you don't want to go with Steve Adams, you can go with Enes Kanter. I believe that Adams is a must use because of his defensive abilities. Kanter did have 12 rebounds to go along with 10 points against the Warriors in Game 3. But for the most part, Adams has been the more important player at the center position for the Thunder during the playoffs.
Westbrook is the only player that I think is a must use. Durant will give you a lot of points, but Kevin Love with Cleveland is going to cost you a lot less in terms of salary. Love hasn't been as dominant against Toronto as he was versus Atlanta, but he could go nuts for 27 points and 15 boards in any game. It might be worth taking a shot on Love instead of Durant.
I do think that Adams is a must use. He's been outplaying the Warriors' Andrew Bogut in every game during the series. I also like Ibaka while Waiters and Kanter could fill out your roster if you decide to not use Durant and, or, Westbrook and Adams.