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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.
Tre Mann was fairly disappointing this Summer League. As a 21 year old sophomore who had very exciting flashes as a rookie, you would expect him to be fairly dominant at this level. He was pretty awful in his four games. Of course, this can all be chalked up to a small sample but I was just expecting more. It seemed like defenders were sitting on his stepback and he had trouble finishing in the lane through and around contact. The passing was adequate as he averaged 3.3 assists in 28 minutes, and it’ll be interesting to see where he fits within the ball handling hierarchy on this team in the regular season. We know he is a better shooter than what he showcased in Vegas (28.8 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from three) but it was a mildly concerning set of games for him. Compared to some of his other second-year counterparts, I was anticipating a better performance.