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We’re digging in on the Summer League performances, of which the Thunder had heaps.
Previous player breakdowns
Contextualizing the numbers
Most exhibition statistics, primarily the percentages from the field, have little to no correlation to players’ output during real NBA minutes. The Summer League is more about the process and how these players are doing what they are doing on the floor.
- Three Point Attempts
- Offensive Rebounds
- Field Goal Attempts
As Phillips shows, all of these categories are less affected by statistical noise when compared to their counterparts. The least correlated stats from Summer League are:
- Three Point %
- Free Throw Attempts
With these caveats out of the way, we’ll be digging into how OKC’s young prospects performed in Utah and Vegas.
From my vantage point, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl was one of the better Thunder players throughout the Summer League. He averaged a really impressive 9.8 points and 7.7 rebounds (3.5 offensive rebounds) per game in only 22 minutes. The efficiency from the field was there despite his three-point jumper not going in, and he was a terror on the offensive boards. The lack of blocks is mildly concerning, and I doubt he’ll ever be a reliable center defensively without elite verticality or athleticism to protect the rim, but sliding in at the four and the five in some spurts should fit him great. His perimeter jumper was impressive last season so I’m not concerned about the 2-11 from three he converted in these six games. In his last game against Golden State he had an astonishing nine offensive rebounds in 29 minutes of work, which continues to build off his offensive rebound rate of 7% last year (in the 74th percentile).
JRE is a bland, boring player stylistically but he projects as the type of guy to play in the NBA for a decade. We might see him starting at the four this upcoming season on Opening Night, and this SL performance had to have impressed the Thunder brass.