The Oklahoma City Thunder are set to play in the Las Vegas Summer League for the first time in a decade. Last time the Thunder set foot in Vegas, they were the Sonics and Kevin Durant was involved.
There will be a few recognizable names for Oklahoma City but for the most part, they’ll be bunch of players just trying to get action and noticed by other NBA teams. There are some previous players who’ve gone on to big things with other NBA teams such as Dwight Buycks and Garrett Temple.
Oklahoma City will play three games in Vegas, here they are:
|Friday, July 6||vs. Charlotte||4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)||Thomas & Mack Center|
|Saturday, July 7||vs. Brooklyn||6 p.m. (NBATV)||T-Mobile Arena|
|Monday, July 9||vs. Toronto||2:30 p.m. (NBA TV)||Thomas & Mack Center|
Here’s the known roster so far:
T-Ferg started a handful of games and was the 21st pick overall last season. He didn’t play in last year’s summer league due to FIBA clearance and he hadn’t agreed to a contract because of the clearance. Ferguson averaged 3.1 points on 41.4 percent shooting in 61 games. He stated 12 games as well. He averaged 14.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting in 3 G League games last season.
Dakari was a surprising signing last season. Not even a two-way deal, it was a full on contract. He performed admirably in back up duty and even started a couple of games with Steven Adams out. However, the big man out of Kentucky is still a step too slow and looks overweight. It’s unknown if he’ll stick in this league but at least he has his shot.
Hamilton, the G League triple-double machine, gets his shot with the Summer League team again. He starred in Orlando last season Hea veraged 11.7 points, 6.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds in only 30 minutes per game in the summer league. For the Thunder last season, Hamilton appeared in six games, averaging less than five minutes and averaging only 2.0 points per game.
The other two-way contract, Dozier was a surprise pick up by the Thunder. Out of South Carolina, Dozier played well in the G League. He appeared in He played for the Lakers in Summer League last year, only scoring two points in two games. In Thunder games, Dozier appeared in two games. He averaged a point on 50 percent shooting. So, two shots and he hit one. There we go. As for the G League, Dozier averaged 13 points on 47 percent shooting in 38 starts.
Oklahoma City’s first pick in the second round. The kid out of Virginia was highly praised at the NBA Draft Combine. It’s unknown what he can do offensively as he played in an offense that was super limited and they primarily stuck to defense. The defense is nice but if he can duplicate that 42 percent three-point shooting at the NBA level, Hall will become the steal of the draft.
Hervey might’ve blown out both ACLs but he can still ball. During his senior year at UT-Arlington, Hervey averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season, while shooting 33.9 percent from three-point range last season. That 33.9 percent was up from 28 percent. He continued to get better with the long ball. He was a first round talent before blowing his ACLs. Can he stay healthy? His pick at 57th overall was an easy low risk high reward pick for Oklahoma City.
Burton is no real stranger to Oklahoma City. Sort of. He starred at Iowa State. However, not catching on in the NBA, Burton went over to the Korean Basketball League. He averaged 24 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists as he was named the MVP last season. During his senior year at Iowa State, Burton averaged 15.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The 6-5 guard shot over 40 percent his senior year at Iowa State.
You may have not heard of Abass. He played last season for Olimpia Milano in Italy. He’s never had a real shot at the NBA Dream but he really hasn’t done anything to really wow you in Italy, stats wise. He averaged only 2.8 points in 11.8 minutes per game. He appeared in 45 games for Olimpia Milano throughout all levels of play last season.
The surprise of the draft, taken 45th overall by Charlotte from the pick they received from Brooklyn. I know, it’s confusing. However, what’s confusing is Diallo’s availability for Summer league. Diallo might be available for Summer League. The trade in which Diallo was acquired cannot be completed until July 6. So, if we see him, it’ll be the later games. If we see him at all. He’s athletic and can score in bunches. It just is unclear if we’ll see him.
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