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Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Head Athletic Trainer: Joe Sharpe (Eight Years as Head AT)
  • Total Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: 1424 (8th in the league)
  • Total Cost for Games Lost to Injury Since the 2005-06 Season: $83.7 million (4th)
  • 2015-2016 Games Missed Due to Injury: 23 (1st)
  • 2015-2016 Cost of Games Missed Due to Injury: $2.1 million (1st)
  • Best Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 1 (2012-13 and 2015-16)
  • Worst Finish in Games Missed Ranks: 25 (2008-09 and 2014-15)

Summary

The Thunder’s absence from the playoffs lasted just one season as the team rebounded in impressive fashion and was seconds away from their second trip to the Finals since 2012. Unfortunately the Warriors overcame the 3-1 deficit, ending their season and ultimately the Durant-Westbrook Era in OKC.

The disappointing finish and Durant’s departure overshadowed an amazing turnaround in health by a Thunder medical team that is proving to be one of the elite staffs in the NBA. Joe Sharpe and his staff not only helped Durant overcome the problematic foot fracture that resulted in their lofty 2014-15 total, but managed to do so in record-breaking fashion. As a team, the Thunder lost just 23 TOTAL games to injury last year, the lowest recorded mark in the InStreetClothes.com database. The team bested the previous record of 26, previously set by the Thunder medical team during the 2012-13 campaign.

Several offseason injuries, including another pesky Jones fracture, this time to second-year Cameron Payne, will likely prevent the Thunder staff from challenging their own record. However look for Sharpe and his group to maintain their high level of care and keep the Thunder in the top flight of the Western Conference.

 

 

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