Thunder Lose Again In Summer League
By Randy Renner
Last season in Orlando the Thunder won the Summer League Championship, this season they may end up finishing last.
Of course neither outcome really means very much as long as your players get some quality work in and get better.
Yesterday the Thunder played better overall in their loss to Philadelphia than they did in their loss to Memphis on Saturday, so there's that.
The 76ers won 84-73 and the Thunder actually got as close as seven late in the game, but again winning and losing really isn't the biggest deal here.
The Thunder got a really nice game from a guy who won't be on the roster. Mario Little led the team with 18 points. They also got nice games from Steven Adams and Andre Roberson who each scored 12 points and Roberson grabbed 10 rebounds too. Rookie point guard Semaj Christon also had 12 points plus five assists.
Christon played well Saturday too but he is probably destined for the Tulsa 66ers although it's possible he could end up pushing veteran Sebastion Telfair for the third team point guard spot. Telfair has agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Thunder for the veteran's minimum salary.
Roberson was just 5-for-12 shooting (1-for-3 on threes) but his defense continues to be very strong and Roberson could end up pushing himself into the starting lineup this fall replacing the now departed Thabo Sefolosha. Jeremy Lamb will be given an opportunity to do that as well and maybe Reggie Jackson too.
Lamb didn't play in yesterday's game and neither did rookie Mitch McGary. Both are expected back in the lineup this evening when OKC meets Brokklyn at 6pm Oklahoma time.
Lamb struggled with his shot Saturday and the Thunder would love for him to get a mcouple of good games under his belt in Orlando. McGary was pretty impressive in his summer league debut and it will be interesting to see what kind of follow-up he has tonight.
Perry Jones III had an outstanding game Saturday but not so much yesterday, scoring nine points on just 3-for -11 shooting (2-for-8 on threes) and the Thunder would love for him to show some consistency.
NBA sources believe today might be the day Carmelo Anthony decides where he's going to play for the next few seasons. Most believe it has come down to either the Knicks or the Lakers. His decision will likely impact Thunder target Pau Gasol. If Anthony sticks with the Knicks then Pau would likely want to move on from the Lakers, but if Melo chooses L.A. Pau would likely want to stay and teammate with Anthony and Kobe Bryant.
Once Anthony and LeBron James make their decisions others will then follow so perhaps we'll have some clarity soon.
No deals can be signed until July 10th.