With the Mike White era fully in swing, Billy Donovan has become more of a memory than a mainstay in present day Gainesville. The former two-time national championship coach is now entering his third season with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. Donovan has coached the Thunder to at least 47 wins in each of his first two seasons in OKC. Below, we’ll take a look at the Thunder’s improvement and changes under Donovan. We’ve also included some highlights of Coach Donovan’s interview with Steve Russell on Sportscene with Steve Russell at the bottom of the article.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan bracing for higher expectations in 2017-18
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) August 21, 2017
By The Numbers
- In each of Billy Donovan’s first two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team has ranked 1st in the league in total rebounds per game and offensive rebounds per game.
- Donovan’s teams have ranked 2nd and 11th respectively in his two seasons with Oklahoma City.
- The Thunder have finished in the top 10 in the NBA in blocks per game in each of the past two seasons.
- Oklahoma City has finished in the top 13 in the NBA in 2-point percentage in each of the past two seasons.
- The Thunder have had 3-total All-Star selections under Billy Donovan.
- Billy Donovan has had 3 All-NBA team selections during his tenure with the Thunder.
- Russell Westbrook was named MVP under Billy Donovan during the 2016-2017 season.
- The Thunder have gone 102-62 (62.2 W-L%) during the regular season and 12-11 (52.2 W-L%) during the playoffs under Billy Donovan.
- Oklahoma City ranked 1st in points in the paint per game, 3rd in fast-break points per game, 5th in second chance points per game, 6th in contested shots per game and 10th in defensive rating during the 2016-2017 NBA season.
- Billy Donovan discusses how the NBA and NCAA practice schedules are completely flipped.
- Billy Donovan talks about the good group of people surrounding him in Oklahoma City.
- Billy Donovan summarizes the NBA season grind.
- Billy Donovan gives his take on super teams.
- Billy Donovan highlights Russell Westbrook’s play and ability.
- Billy Donovan discusses the NBA’s perceived problem with resting of players.
- Billy Donovan reflects on his 2nd season with the Thunder.
- Billy Donovan talks about OKC’s new offseason additions.
- Billy Donovan gives his perspective on learning the NBA and its players and the learning curve that comes with it.
Billy Donovan had some great words.
"We always say our basketball team is like a family. You can't be a family without forgiveness." pic.twitter.com/5csz01XAZR
— Matt Reynolds (@ReynoldsHoops) August 19, 2017