2021-22 Thunder player grades: Scotty Hopson

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(Editor’s note: We are starting individual grades for all players from the 2021-22 Oklahoma City Thunder. To access other reviews as part of this ongoing series, click here.)

With the 2021-22 regular season now officially in the books, the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-58) finished their season with the fourth-best lottery odds. This means it is now time for individual player grades for all 26 players who suited up for the team this season during the 82 games. The grades will be determined by what the season expectations were for each player and how they lived up to them.

The twenty-sixth player in the installment is Scotty Hopson, who made his return to the NBA after four years for a one-game appearance.

2021-22 statistics

4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist on 50 percent shooting in one game.

Significant Advanced Statistics

PER: 0.1

TS-plus: 88

Contract

2021-22: $1.7 million

Thoughts

With the team being hit hard with health and safety protocols, the Thunder were forced to make hardship signings to man a roster in order to play games and Scotty Hopson was one of those players.

Hopson’s story is an incredible one about not giving up on your dreams and fighting through aversity. Heading into the season, Hopson, who is 32 years old, had three games under his belt with several years in between them between the 2013-14 season and 2017-18 season.

At the beginning of the season, it was almost impossible to envision a scenario where Hopson was signed onto the Thunder. A string of COVID-19 cases helped make that reality as the team was forced to sign several of their G League players to man a roster.

Hopson only appeared in one game during his 10 days, but it was nice to see him fulfill his dream of returning to the NBA after four years — even if it was a temporary stay.

Final Grade

Hopson had a nice story as he was able to return to the NBA after a four-year absence but in terms of what he did on the court in his one game, there’s not much to really write about. In 18 minutes in a loss against the Phoenix Suns, Hopson scored four points.

Hopson would re-join the G League’s Oklahoma City Blue when his contract expired and would finish out the season there before signing overseas in the Lebanese Basketball League in April.

When the Blue start their season, I am sure the Thunder will offer Hopson the opportunity to sign back with the team as the 32-year-old carries a veteran voice in a young and inexperienced locker room.

Final Grade: D-

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