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Thunder recalls Aleksej Pokusevski from G League bubble

Aleksej Pokusevski has been called up from the G League bubble, the Thunder announced Friday. 

The 19-year-old rookie will rejoin the Thunder after logging 25 minutes per game in 12 starts with the Oklahoma City Blue. Pokusevski averaged 7.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game with the Blue. He shot 31% from the field and 27% from 3-point range. 

Getting Pokusevski more playing time was the Thunder's primary goal in sending him down to the G League. 

"His long-term vision is more than just a complementary player in the rotation," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said last month. "We want to explore his game. We want him to have the opportunity to explore his game. And so the idea of him going there is to change the environment, to change the role, and that’s certainly the plan, is to get him there and see what else he can do." 

Pokusevski averaged 17 minutes in 17 games with the Thunder before he was sent down. He shot 25% from the field and 18% from 3-point range. Pokusevski, selected 17th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, did not attempt a free throw in his 296 minutes played. 

The Thunder (15-21) will return from the All-Star break Thursday against the Mavericks. 

The Blue (8-6) will play its last regular-season game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against the Santa Cruz Warriors. 

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Aleksej Pokusevski appeared in 13 games and logged 12 starts with the OKC Blue. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Aleksej Pokusevski appeared in 13 games and logged 12 starts with the OKC Blue. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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