Who may stick out on OKC's training camp roster?
By Addam M. Francisco
Thunder training camp begins on Tuesday, Sept. 25 and the 20-man roster has been released. Two players that stick out on the roster is Bryce Alford and K.J. McDaniels.
Teams are allowed 20 players on a training camp roster and the Thunder have 14 of 20 on guaranteed contracts for the 2018-2019 season.
Two notable players on the roster are K.J. McDaniels and Bryce Alford.
McDaniels is a three-year veteran who averages 5.3 points in his career. He’s spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets. The Blue acquired him in a trade with G-Leagues Grand Rapids. The athletic 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing played in 148 career NBA games. If cut from the final roster, McDaniels will continue his career as a full-time member of the Blue.
Bryce Alford is entering his second year out of UCLA. Last season with the Blue, Alford averaged 15.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2 assists per game. He also displayed an above-average shooting ability, hitting 40.4 percent of his threes.
Due to OKC’s stacked guard pool, Alford isn’t expected to make the final roster. Nevertheless, he’s a great option for the Blue and may provide some depth and excitement to the training camp roster. Alford will see a little more action than he normally would, too.
Russell Westbrook will certainly missing training camp and the preseason after arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 12, therefore Alford may have more opportunity to display his game. On the positive side, after tearing his left patellar tendon, Andre Roberson will participate in training camp, starting in no-contact activities.