Derek Parker

Derek Parker

Derek is the Publisher for InsideTheThunder.com and Draft Digest for Fan Nation, powered by Sports Illustrated. He has been a sports writer in the Oklahoma City market for five years now, primarily covering the Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA Draft.

May 7, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Aaron Wiggins (21) gestures
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Social Media Reacts to OKC Thunder Beating Mavericks in Game 1

How social media reacted following Oklahoma City’s Game 1 trouncing of Dallas.

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Apr 29, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) dribbles
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Social Media Reacts to OKC Thunder Sweeping Pelicans

How social media reacted to Oklahoma City sweeping New Orleans on the road.

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Apr 27, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)
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Social Media Reacts to OKC Thunder Taking Commanding 3-0 Lead

Social media reacted to Oklahoma City assuming an insurmountable three-game lead.

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Apr 16, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts
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Kings, Pelicans Limping to Potential Playoff Series with OKC Thunder

Oklahoma City will take on one of Sacramento or New Orleans in the first round of the Playoffs, both of which are struggling with injuries.

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Dec 16, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots
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Early NBA MVP Votes Pin Nikola Jokic as Winner Over Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The early returns on MVP voting show Nikola Jokic as the likely winner.

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Apr 14, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jalen Williams (8) and
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OKC Thunder Finish as West’s No. 1 Seed

The Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed the West’s top seed in down-to-the-wire fashion Sunday.

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Feb 29, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA;  Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) lays
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Thunder Gameday: OKC Takes on Spurs to End Back-to-Back

Oklahoma City will play the Spurs to end a home back-to-back Wednesday night.

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Mar 31, 2024; Dallas, TX, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Jared McCain (0) controls the ball against
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NBA Mock Draft: OKC Thunder Take Gamble on Duke Guard

In a recent mock draft, Oklahoma City grabbed a player who could help bolster the bench next season.

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Jan 2, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) drives to
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Thunder Gameday: OKC Looks to Bounce Back Against League-Best Celtics

The Thunder's third stop on a five-game road stretch will see them face off against the league-best Celtics.

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Mar 10, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) goes for a
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OKC Thunder’s Versatility will be a Weapon Come NBA Playoffs

Oklahoma City can win in a variety of ways, which will be big for the impending NBA Playoffs.

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Mar 26, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (5), right,
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Thunder Gameday: OKC Takes on Rockets to End Back-to-Back

On the heels of a big win in New Orleans, Oklahoma City is heading home to face the Rockets Wednesday night.

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Mar 26, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jalen Williams (8)
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OKC Thunder Get to 50 Wins with Victory Over Pelicans

Oklahoma City held on to win over New Orleans Tuesday, officially hitting 50 wins for the first time in years.

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