2014 Summer League Recap: Thunder vs Grizzlies

The Oklahoma City Thunder began its summer competition on Saturday afternoon at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, providing Thunder rookies and emerging players an opportunity to face NBA opponents and continue to develop in the offseason.

Despite an 84-63 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in its Summer League opener, the Thunder was able to establish its week in Orlando as a time to improve both individually and as a team. Not only does Summer League provide Oklahoma City a chance to develop in the offseason each year, but the Thunder is also able to make noticeable strides and adjustments throughout the week.

Thunder veterans Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb led Oklahoma City in scoring with 15 and 14 points, respectively, while each pulling down five rebounds. Entering their third season in the NBA, both Jones and Lamb will use this week to continue the progress they’ve made in their first two years in OKC.

“Those guys have had important minutes for us in Oklahoma City during the regular season,” said Thunder Summer League Head Coach Darko Rajakovic. “Summer League is an opportunity for them to get on the floor and compete, work on their game and continue to improve.”

In addition to the work the Thunder vets are putting in, first-year players are able to use Summer League to acclimate themselves to the NBA style of play and begin to learn the OKC system.

Thunder rookies Semaj Christon, Josh Huestis and Mitch McGary – all drafted last week – made their Summer League debut on Saturday. Christon and McGary each scored eight points and Huestis tallied two points and a pair of offensive rebounds.

OKC outrebounded Memphis 34-29 as Andre Roberson led the glass-cleaning efforts with eight boards. The Thunder totaled eight blocks as a team with Steven Adams and Lamb each recording two.

Oklahoma City will play five games throughout the seven-day event with its next matchup slated for Sunday at 5 PM CT against the Philadelphia 76ers. All of the Thunder’s Summer League games will take place at the Amway Center’s practice court and will be televised by NBA TV.