NBA Summer League: Oklahoma City Thunder’s 5 Early Standouts

NBA Summer League: The Oklahoma City Thunder's 5 Early Standouts

Jeremy Lamb
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With the NBA Summer League three games in, the Oklahoma City Thunder have gotten off to a rocky start with a 1-2 record. Let's look at five players who have been positives for this young Thunder roster so far.

5. Steven Adams

Steven Adams
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5. Steven Adams

Steven Adams
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Although Adams' numbers may not be indicative of his importance, the rebounding center does all the dirty work for this young Thunder team. With the decline of center Kendrick Perkins, expect to see Adams receive an increase in minutes. With the Thunder watching his minutes closely this summer, Adams is expected to continue evolving into a better offensive center.

4. Andre Roberson

Andre Roberson
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4. Andre Roberson

Andre Roberson
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The 6-foot-7 Roberson has become an important piece to the Thunder's future. In two summer league games, Roberson is averaging 8.5 PPG and 9 RPG. Although he is only shooting 36 percent from the field, his rebounding and defense are certainly positives for the Thunder.

3. Semaj Christon

3. Semaj Christon
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3. Semaj Christon

Semaj Christon
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In two games, Semaj Christian has done a little bit of everything for the Thunder this summer. Currently averaging 10 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 2.5 APG for the Thunder, the former Xavier guard may receive a training camp invite if he can continue to hit shots and play good perimeter defense for OKC. In the Thunder's victory over the Nets, Christon added 12 points.

2. Mitch McGary

Mitch McGary
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2. Mitch McGary

Mitch McGary
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The former Michigan forward has really been impressive in two summer league games. In the Thunder's only victory, McGary recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds, six offensive. Although undersized, McGary's tenacity and rebounding has already made him a fan favorite in Oklahoma City.

1. Jeremy Lamb

Jeremy Lamb
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1. Jeremy Lamb

Jeremy Lamb
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With Reggie Jackson expected to start at shooting guard this season, Lamb has stepped up his game this summer, averaging 20 PPG and 6.5 RPG for the Thunder. Although Lamb will need to improve his 36 percent shooting from the field, the former Connecticut Huskies player has proven to be much more than a scorer this summer.

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