Recently, the Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed Grant Jerrett to a multi-year contract after the former Arizona Wildcat wowed in his NBA D-League contests. Of course, sarcasm rings clearly and heavily when I say he wowed in the D-league.
Although the terms of the deal were not officially released, one can only assume that any salary over, let’s say $30k per year is a gigantic waste of money for OKC. I consider myself an avid Thunder fan and had to do a double take when my girlfriend told me that he was being re-signed by the team. I had to dig deep back into my memory and think about who this guy was and why I hadn’t heard much about him lately. Then it hit me: He shouldn’t matter.
Oklahoma City is not a particularly deep team. Sure, they have some respectable bench players, but the bulk of their damage is done by the big names. This is why the Jerrett re-signing is useless. On the Tulsa 66ers, he played close to 30 minutes per game, averaging a touch over 15 points per contest. At 6-foot-10, he hauled in an impressive 6.1 rebounds per game.
Jerrett hasn’t come close to smelling the wood of an NBA floor in his career. OKC signed him to a multi-year deal in April after playing a total of zero games in the NBA. What is the point? He surely will serve insignificant to the team in the upcoming season, and will probably play all of his basketball games in Tulsa once again.
This team needn’t worry about the 15th guy on the bench but rather how they are going to get over the hump. Perhaps Sam Presti‘s attention would be better served focusing on someone like Ray Allen instead of Jerrett — the name you can’t help but forget.