The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Brooklyn Nets 98-84 in their third NBA Summer League game in just as many days. The Thunder are now 1-2 this summer. Things didn’t look so good for OKC through their first two games, but the team found their way in the third contest as each starter scored in double figures.
Jeremy Lamb led the way with 26 points on 8-of-21 shooting, while also grabbing eight rebounds and three steals. Lamb is one of the more important pieces to the Thunder’s roster now that they are without Thabo Sefolosha. Lamb’s growth plays right into just how good the Thunder will be next season, because he will give the team more options on the offensive end — something they lacked for years with Sefolosha in the lineup. Lamb’s contribution could be very similar to that of James Harden‘s if he pans out to be the player everyone thinks he is capable of being.
Mitch McGary added some much-needed hope for the Thunder big men with an impressive 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. McGary showed a diverse set of skills, including some low post moves and a nice touch from the outside. Steven Adams missed the game, so that gave McGary more of an opportunity to shine and he did just that. Adams and McGary may complete the Thunder’s frontcourt for next season, which won’t be a bad thing if they continue to improve this offseason. Adams has also played well in his first two games, totaling 19 points all while showing some improvement on both ends of the floor.
The Thunder’s next game will be on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers at 3 p.m. on NBATV. Hopefully they will have all of their players on the court. Adams, Lamb and McGary have missed time so far this summer. The coach is trying to find time for all of the players to get valuable minutes so he’s sure about exactly who to keep on the roster. If everyone suits up on Wednesday, expect the Thunder to play really well behind the leadership of Lamb, Adams and McGary. Fans in Oklahoma have every reason to be proud of their young unit so far this summer. We will see just how good these guys can be as the summer continues to roll on.