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Thunder Preview: The Bench

In the 2017-18 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder had a very mediocre bench, to say the least. Obviously, the Thunder will look to improve upon these marks this season, as the bench’s ability to retain a lead while the starters rest is vital to regular season success.

The Bench

Dennis Schroder

He was acquired from the Hawks this off-season in the Carmelo Anthony trade. Schroder is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate that should bring a huge playmaking boost to the bench, something that Raymond Felton struggled with last season. The bench ranked 29th in assists last season. Schroder’s play in the pre-season should excite Thunder fans, as he averaged 15.2 points and 5.5 assists while showing excellent PnR chemistry with center Steven Adams.

Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel signed a 2-year contract with the Thunder back in July that included a player option. Noel brings in a much needed second center to the Thunder, one thing that wasn’t present last season in Dakari Johnson. Noel is a stout defensive player that should be able to protect the rim. The shot-blocking duo of Jerami Grant and Noel should cause havoc for opposing players at the rim.

Jerami Grant

Grant was one bright spot for the Thunder off the bench last season, finishing at the rim and drawing fouls while being a great defender. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds on 53.5 percent shooting in 20.3 min in 2017-18. He should see an increased role and minutes this year with the departure of Carmelo Anthony.

Alex Abrines

The Spaniard returns for his third year with the Thunder, and also his contract year. Abrines started shaky last season because of injuries and lacked mobility. The main issue with him is his ability to find and take shots. He only attempted 2.9 three-pointers a game in 15.1 minutes last season, which is too little considering he’s on the floor to shoot 3-pointers and nothing else. If he can find shots this season and make them at a good percentage, he will be huge for the Thunder. If he can’t produce, he simply won’t be on the roster next season.

Hamidou Diallo

Diallo comes in as the 45th pick in this year’s draft. He had a great preseason, improving in every game and ending with a 19 point performance in a win over Milwaukee on 8-of-16 shooting while being 3 for 5 from 3. Diallo excels at grabbing rebounds on both ends of the floor, averaging 4.5 in the pre-season with 2.8 of them being on the offensive end. Diallo still a rookie however, and it’s not very plausible that he will be an impact player this season. He just needs to improve every day, because he certainly has the potential to be great.

Abdel Nader

Abdel Nader was brought in this summer in a trade with the Celtics, and he remains a mystery. Nader sat out all of the pre-season games with knee soreness, but is on track to be available for opening night. Abdel appeared in only 48 games with the Celtics last season, playing 10.9 minutes per game, and averaging 3 points on 3.1 field goal attempts.

Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot

TLC was the second part of the Carmelo Anthony trade that netted the Thunder Dennis Schroder. TLC is a player that the Thunder should know what to expect of for this season. He is a very average wing that can shoot a lick and play a little bit of defense. He averaged 5.8 points on 5.1 field goal attempts with three of them being from the 3pt line while playing 15.5 minutes per game. TLC is also still very young, with room to improve in all aspects of his game.

Raymond Felton

Felton was a fierce competitor for the Thunder last season, seeming like the reincarnation of Michael Jordan at the beginning of last season with how much better he looked than Semaj Christon. Felton averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 assists per game on 40 percent shooting in 16.6 minutes per game. He had a large number of isolation possessions, mainly because of the bench’s lack of shot creating and playmaking, something that should improve this season with the addition of Dennis Schroder. Less minutes will be had for Felton this season, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Felton’s veteran leadership in the locker room is invaluable to the Thunder.

Terrance Ferguson

Terrance Ferguson returns as a second year player looking to make a jump. Ferguson has been inconsistent throughout his young career so far, last season, in the Summer League, and pre-season this year. Ferguson played 61 games in the 2017-18 regular season, and was inserted as a starter for 12 games when Andre Roberson suffered a torn patellar tendon in January. Ferguson averaged 3.1 points on 41.4 percent shooting in 12.5 minutes per game for the season.

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Three takeaways from OKC’s 97-91 loss to Detroit

The Thunder may have faltered in their first preseason game out of the gates on the scoreboard but in reality, they’re winners. Oklahoma City played well without the likes of Paul George and some guy name Russell Westbrook. What might be the wildest thing is Andre Drummond, the Pistons’ center, played 34 minutes. In a pointless game. That doesn’t matter.

Anyway, let’s break down three quick things about the Thunder’s first preseason game

 

Adams-Schröder Pick-n-roll

These two have good chemistry already. Adams, due to a lack of help, really rolled with the second string a lot last season. This season, with Nerlens Noel helping, that could and should change. The two international bros found their spots early and often. It’s really was Schröder replacing Westbrook in the deadly PnR that did the Pistons in. Sure, you can’t run it for 48 minutes but in select spots the two really found a good play off one another and made the Pistons pay more than Dwayne Casey would want to admit.

Now, this could come in handy if Adams is in there with the second team or if Schröder is running a two-point guard system with Westbrook. That allows Westbrook to work off the ball and the Thunder all of a sudden have huge mismatches all over the court. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

Thunder made their free throws

The last two seasons, the Oklahoma City Thunder have ranked 29th and 26th the last two seasons from the free throw line. They shot an average of 73.2 percent. It really became a point where the Thunder lost a handful of games they probably should’ve won because they didn’t convert their free throw opportunities. That said, it seemed a little different on Wednesday night. Oklahoma CIty made 22-of-28 from the line (78.6 percent). That sounds average but would’ve ranked the Thunder sixth in the NBA last season.

Westbrook struggled from the line last season. However, Schröder, yes there his name again, is a career 83 percent free throw shooter. The freshly traded Thunder point man went 9-of-9 from the free throw line and that’s why there’s such an elevated free throw percentage. The rest of the team went 13-of-18 (72.2 percent). There is still work to be had.

Who is Nerlens Noel going to be?

His numbers may be skewed as he guarded Drummond for basically three quarters. That’s fine. What Noel did all night was defend and play basketball. I’ll take his effort and output 60 out of 82 games a year. That type of output will get him a nice contract. Drummond, being one of the better big men in the league, needed to eat up against scrubs to get his gaudy numbers.

Noel shot alright, defended fine and did what was asked of him. In a new system and a new city, the big man is trying to figure things out. In his first game with the Thunder, I give him a B. The criticism is soft as the first game of the season is in the books. As the rotation smooths out and the starters are back. I’m interested in what role Noel is going to craft for himself. We don’t need another Dakari Johnson.

Oklahoma City takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night in Minnesota. The Thunder and T-Wolves tip off at 7 p.m. It’ll be only broadcasted live on okcthunder.com. We’ll have your complete game coverage on Social media.

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Jerami Grant ready for primetime

As an unrestricted free agent this past offseason, forward Jerami Grant reportedly had a handful of potential suitors. Despite interest elsewhere, he quickly re-upped with OKC by signing three-year, $27 million contract on July 1.

“It’s big, it’s the start of the season,” Grant said. “I put in a lot of work over the summer and the goal is to continue building team chemistry. I feel like we did a good job building that last season.”

“Everything about the team and the organization made it an easy decision for me to return,” Grant said. “I’ve been here for a couple years and have gotten comfortable. It was a no-brainer for me.”

Grant is one of two players that could be starting at the Power Forward position this year, with Patrick Patterson being the other option. Patterson brings more of a shooting approach with corner 3s, while playing Grant would sacrifice three-point shooting for more athleticism and switching power on the defensive end.

“I love playing fast; that’s what I’ve been doing my whole career,” Grant said. “Excited for what this year brings.”

The Thunder’s lineups in the 2018 playoffs thrived when Grant was on the floor, outscoring the Jazz by 8.9 points per game.

A lineup that could see success this year includes Westbrook, Abrines, George, Grant, and Adams. This lineup saw massive success in the little time it was used last year; in the playoffs (below) and the regular season (above).

Grant, 24, is still at the beginning of his career. He has improved every year that he’s been in the league, and is poised to continue that trend. His role and importance will only increase this year with the departure of Carmelo Anthony and the uncertainty of who will be the starting Power-Forward.

“Every team needs that kind of guy… you can plug him in everywhere,” Paul George said. “He plays quick and can get around. Special kind of player that I was vouching for to come back.”

Grant was traded to the Thunder two games into the 2016-17 season for Ersan Ilyasova and a protected first round pick. He made a big improvement from his first season with the Thunder to his second season by upping his Field goal percentage from 46.9 percent to 53.5 percent on more shots taken.

“I love playing fast; that’s what I’ve been doing my whole career,” Grant said. “Excited for what this year brings.”

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Carmelo Anthony waiving No Trade Clause

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Oklahoma City made trade talks with Houston and Miami during Summer League about trading Carmelo Anthony.

Within those trade talks, Anthony has told Oklahoma City he will waive the No Trade Clause to give Oklahoma City a better opportunity to trade his $27.9 million contract he opted into in June.

Anthony’s contract, while massive in just dollar amount, is even more so when you factor in the tax that comes with it for Oklahoma City. Since Oklahoma City is a repeat payer of the luxury tax, they must pay a “repeater” fee. They’re paying $4.75 per dollar over the luxury tax line. All of this has pushed their tax bill to $150 million, which is more than their actual salary totals.

Anthony’s contract, with salary and tax is holding $132.5 million for the Thunder. If Oklahoma City waived Melo and stretched out his contract over the life of three seasons, it would save them over $100 in luxury tax alone for the upcoming season. They would still have to pay $9.3 million per season over the next three.

Houston has not been shy in their courting of Oklahoma City and Anthony. With Luc A Mbah Moute going to the Clippers and Trevor Ariza going to the Suns, their very thin bench is already lacking at the three spot, which would be an immediate fit for Anthony.

Miami has been looking to unload some players who aren’t in their future. The first that comes to mind is Dion Wiaters and James Johnson. They’re cheaper and they provide a long term stability for the Thunder at the two and four positions. I’m sure Oklahoma City would have to provide some assets to off load Anthony’s contract.

Houston is another team mentioned by Woj. It’s unknown what the Thunder would get in return as the Rockets only have 11 players on their roster at this moment.

While they haven’t been mentioned, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a real target if Anthony wanted to waive the NTC to anyone. The money works and the Thunder are probably more inclined with eating that money for a player who’s actually a fit for the fast paced offense they would want to play this season. It’s unknown if Anthony waive it for every team or if he’s being selective on which teams are available for trade.

Wojnarowski said said the Thunder are looking to move him within the next 7-10 days.

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Thunder, Melo work on parting ways

In one of the most understood moves of the summer, Oklahoma City and Carmelo Anthony’s reps are working to get Carmelo Anthony out of Oklahoma City before the season starts.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the talks have begun to buy out and/or trade Anthony. The move will save the Thunder just over $105 million in total salary and tax. Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose of CAA Sports, has a strong relationship and history with Thunder general manager Sam Presti, and they’ll work together on Anthony’s exit through trade, the NBA’s stretch provision or a combined buyout and stretch.

Any trade that happens will have to go through Anthony. He owns a no trade clause and therefore can control wherever he wants to go. That said, it’s highly expected any move the Thunder make will be a salaried dump for both teams. Whoever takes on Anthony’s contract will agree to waive him immediately.

Oklahoma City can use the stretch provision on Anthony’s $27.9 million contract to eliminate a staggering $107 million off the team’s 2018-19 payroll and tax bill, but the Thunder first plan to pursue trade possibilities with teams looking to acquire a massive expiring deal to free up salary cap space for July 2019 free agency.

When you stretch a contract, you can stretch it double the length of the remaining years plus one. So, Anthony’s contract is one year long, so you double it: two years of stretching and then plus one. So, you can stretch it over three years.

Houston is the first team that is interested in Anthony’s ability if and when he’s bought out or traded.

Anthony arrived from New York after waiving his no trade clause, sending Enes Kanter to the Knicks and bringing what everyone thought would be the “Big Three.” After injuries and inconsistencies eliminated the “Big Three” monicker, Oklahoma City made comments at exit interviews, the Thunder’s core would be Russ, PG and Steven.

Anthony did give it 100 percent. Despite some obviously flare ups on the bench in the playoffs about playing time. Oklahoma City and Anthony experiment didn’t work out for either side, despite both giving everything to it.

“I think for me, my focus would be on kind of figuring out what I want out of the rest of my career, what I want in my future, what am I willing to accept, if I’m willing to accept that at all,” Anthony said in his exit interview. “I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damned near everything — family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game — for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out.

Any trade the Thunder made would be a salary dump as well. Even if it was to Chicago for let’s say Robin Lopez, who makes $14 million this upcoming season, it would save Oklahoma City an extra $15 million in salary and taxes.

Oklahoma City has until August 31 to part ways with Anthony or be liable for his entire salary on the year’s cap.

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Thunder Summer League roster announced

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:

Date Opponent Time/Channel Location
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

Roster

Terrance Ferguson

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 Johnson

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.

Daniel Hamilton

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.

PJ Dozier

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.

Devon Hall

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.

Kevin Hervey

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.

Deonte Burton

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.

Awudu Abass

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.

Rashawn Thomas

Thomas is a big man out of Southeast High in Oklahoma City. He played with Team USA last season as they had some friendly games on the West coast and he was a large reason why the Oklahoma City Blue would go on and win the Midwest Conference. Thomas averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 46 games for the Oklahoma City Blue, including 35 starts. He played in five games for the Thunder in last year’s summer league, averaging 4.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting in five games.

Michael Carrera

He’s a South Carolina player, much like PJ Dozier. They both were on the team during their run to the Elite 8. He played for the Blue last season and did okay. He averaged 7.0 points per game in 11 games. Before that, he played in Russia, which is pretty gnarly. He’s no stranger to summer league as he played the Miami HEAT last year in Orlando and Vegas.

Justin Leon

Leon is a feisty guard out of Florida. He’s doesn’t seem 6-8 but he definitely plays like it. He played with the Oklahoma City Blue last season He averaged 7.0 points per game in 11 games. Before that, he played in Russia, which is pretty gnarly. He’s no stranger to summer league as he played the Miami HEAT last year in Orlando and Vegas.

Phil Pressey

Pressey was actually an NBA Player at one point! He’s played almost 150 games with four teams. He even started 11 games as an undrafted rookie in Boston! He’s not a stranger to the Summer league as he’s played with Boston and Detroit in the Orlando Summer leagues. Last season, Pressey spent training camp with the Golden State Warriors and then with their G League affiliate, Santa Cruz, during the season. Before the NBA, Pressey played at Missouri for three seasons.

Richard Solomon

Solomon used to be a member of the Oklahoma City Blue a few years ago before going overseas. Solomon’s current team is Uşak Sportif, a Turkish club. After leaving the Blue, Solomon played in Tokyo and in France. He spent the training camp in 2014 with the Thunder before being cut. That’s when he went to the Blue, their first season in Oklahoma City. Last season for Usak Sportlif, Solomon appeared in 19 games, and averaged 10 points per game on 59 percent shooting.

Also:

Hamidou Diallo

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.

Full roster:

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Thunder re-sign Raymond Felton

The backup point guard position in Oklahoma City became a little clearer on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton agreed to a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum.

According to ESPN, Felton will sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal on July 6. Players cannot officially sign until the moratorium is lifted on Friday, July 6.

Felton, 34, averaged 6.9 points on 40.6 percent shooting from the field. His 35.2 percent three-point shooting was one of the best in almost a decade for the former point guard out of North Carolina.

His age is going to be a factor but he provided stability over the season which Oklahoma City seem to lack over last season with Semaj Christon and others trying to fill the void. January and February were the most productive months for Felton, he shot over 38 percent from three including averaging 7.6 points per game over those 26 games.

With the addition of Felton to Oklahoma City’s cap and tax skyrocketed once again. They now have a combined $318 million on the books. His contract alone adds about $11 million to Oklahoma City’s financials.

At this point, Oklahoma City has 13 players on the books. The NBA requires a minimum of 13 players. However, you can expect the Thunder to add a few more players to the roster. It’s not expected Carmelo Anthony is going to return as his contract alone is holding down $132.5 million alone.

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Always bet on yourself

It takes a lot of gumption to walk away from a guaranteed $70 million. For Nerlens Noel, that’s exactly what he did.

Last season the Mavericks reportedly offered Noel four years, $70 million but turned it down. He signed his offer sheet of $4.1 million and his issues in Dallas just continue to compound. A player never really found the footing him and the Mavericks hoped would’ve happened. Some of that has to do with Dallas and their losing ways. Why start a quality player when you’re trying to lose?

The contract issue was so wild last offseason, Noel ended up firing his agent, Happy Walters and signing with LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul.

On Dec. 6, 2017, Noel underwent many call a faux surgery. He reportedly tore a ligament in his thumb and would miss six weeks. Another setback for the big man out of Kentucky. Once revered as the No. 1 high school recruit, he tore his ACL at Kentucky, missing most of his freshman year and his first year in Philadelphia. Injuries have seemed to plague him.

On April 3, 2018, Noel was suspended five games for basically smoking weed, effectively ending his season and tenure in Dallas.

So, everything against man. Everything has gone wrong that has gone wrong. So, what can you do? You bet on yourself.

Noel’s decision to take the veteran’s minimum ($1.7 million approx.), is doing just that. While it’s a two-year deal. It provides two things for Noel: 1) provides security for another season if he plays poorly. 2) It provides an out to a huge contract if he comes in and just goes gangbusters.

It’s a big risk for the 23-year old. Going to Oklahoma City, a perennial power in the NBA, to redeem your chance at NBA stardom. It’s been done before in Oklahoma City. See: Dion Waiters.

Waiters’ time in Cleveland is easily marked by saying it was not fun for both sides. Waiters, though, would come to Oklahoma City and show that he is in fact a good teammate and the dude could actually play. He would eventually get a sizable contract in Miami.

Noel hopes that could be him. Spend a year in Oklahoma City showing his ability and get ready for all of the NBA money about to unload in 2019. It’s expect 18 of the 30 NBA teams will have at least $20 million in cap space next summer.

For once in his career, Noel will get to experience what winning is like. Throughout his career, he’s been on losing rosters. The most wins he’s experienced was 33 with the Mavericks in 2016-17 and he wasn’t even on the roster for half of those wins. Dallas tanked in the most obvious ways last season.

All it takes is one good season and you’re set for your life. Noel is still looking for that security. Get that elusive contract and then get that elusive ring.

If you do all of that, you can do what Tom Haverford says and “Treat yo’ self!”

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Paul George opts out of contract, will be free agent

Paul George has told the Oklahoma City Thunder he intends to opt out of his upcoming $20.7 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.

We probably knew this was happening. Why only take $21 million when you can get $26 million per year? It really makes the most sense, financially for him to opt out. George has until 11:59 p.m EST to officially opt out. There’s always a chance he could opt in. However, that’s not going to happen.

George, who was traded this time last year from the Indiana Pacers, openly spoke about his interest to join the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Russell Westbrook and Sam Presti have done a fantastic job of selling Oklahoma City’s potential to the five-time all-star. Woj is reporting George is more and more comfortable with the Thunder. With a healthy lineup, the Thunder were one of the best teams in the NBA. Injuries derailed a promising season.

What makes the most financial sense is to sign with the Thunder. If George does that, he’s eligible for a five-year, $176 million contract extension on July 1. It’s easily the most money any team can offer him.

It’s highly expected George will sign a 1+1 deal, controlling his own freedom in case things go south. LeBron James started this and it’s becoming a huge trend. It gives players control and the ability to move on if they’re not comfortable.

If George signs with another team, the most he could sign for is four years, $169 million. So, what’s really $7 million in the grand scheme of things.

If it was truly about just winning, George would take a huge pay cut. Go come off the bench and win a ring like the snake did in Golden State. So, it doesn’t make a lot of sense… unless LeBron James goes to Los Angles. Even then it’s questionable whether or not they’d be able to beat the Warriors and the Rockets.

George averaged 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds while being chosen as an All-star by the coaching staff this season. He shot 40.1 percent from three, second best of his career.

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Summer League roster taking shape

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:

 

Date Opponent Time/Channel Location
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:

Terrance Ferguson

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 Johnson

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.

Daniel Hamilton

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.

PJ Dozier

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.

Devon Hall

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.

Kevin Hervey

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.

Deonte Burton

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.

Awudu Abass

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.

Hamidou Diallo

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.

While Thunder Digest won’t be in Vegas for Summer League, we’ll have your complete coverage with recaps and pointless breakdowns.

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