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Thunder Summer League Roster

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 7, 2012

Here is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s roster for the 2012 Airtran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League, which starts Monday and runs through Friday.

You can see the Thunder’s five-game schedule here.

Update: Darnell Jackson will not compete for the Thunder. Oklahoma City has added Marquez Haynes and James Mays.

PLAYER                   POS.   Ht.      Wt.      School
Cole Aldrich            C       6-11     240     Kansas
Morris Almond      G       6-6       220     Rice
Kent Bazemore       G/F   6-5      195      Old Dominion
Dwight Buycks        G       6-3      190      Marquette
Marquez Haynes     G       6-3     185       UT-Arlington
Lazar Hayward        F       6-6       225     Marquette
John Holland           G       6-5       205     Boston University
Reggie Jackson        G       6-3       208     Boston College
Perry Jones III           F       6-11     235     Baylor
James Mays              F        6-8         227    Clemson
Gary McGhee            C       6-10    250     Pittsburgh
Ryan Reid                   F       6-8      235     Florida State
Garrett Temple        G        6-5       200     Louisiana State
Latavious Williams F    6-8      225     Christian Life Center High

A couple of answers to some frequently asked questions, as well as a few quick thoughts.

1) The Thunder will not play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. It’s just Orlando for OKC.

2) Yes, noticeably absent is a 7-foot-3 center with whom the Thunder recently agreed to terms. That’s because Hasheem Thabeet isn’t officially a member of the Thunder yet. He can’t sign his contract until July 11, when the league’s free agent moratorium is lifted. But that doesn’t mean Thabeet will not compete in Orlando next week. He could sign his contract Wednesday morning and suit up for the Thunder’s noon showdown against ninth overall pick Andre Drummond and Detroit. I suspect he will be in Orlando and he will play later in the week. So don’t rule out that possibility.

3) There’s no telling what the starting five will be. I imagine Reggie Jackson, Morris Almond, Lazar Hayward, Perry Jones and Cole Aldrich will get the nod. But it’s not out of the question that Zar starts at 2 and Latavious Williams starts at the 3. Or maybe Garrett Temple starts at the 2 and Zar stays at the 3. One thing is for sure, with this roster the Thunder has options.
4) The 15th and final roster spot is quite likely to come from one of the above players who aren’t already under contract with the Thunder. I’ll give the early edge to Temple, who has had a couple of cups of coffee in the NBA since going undrafted in 2009. One of those cups came with San Antonio, and if Temple is good enough for the Spurs he’s good enough for the Thunder. Keep an eye on Almond, too. He is a former first-round pick of Utah who never quite panned out but has great size and pretty good scoring ability as a shooting guard. The Thunder is set up front, especially after agreeing with Thabeet. So if anyone is brought in for the 15th spot, I’d think it would be a wing player.

5) I’m rooting for Latavious Williams. For some reason, I’m fascinated by his potential. Who knows, with a strong showing in summer league maybe Williams could earn his way onto the roster as the 15th man. I can’t wait to see him in action.

6) As you can see, old friend Ryan Reid is back. I wouldn’t be surprised if he tore it up in Orlando. And forget the games, I’d pay to see the punishment Reid gives PJ3 in practices. Not in a bad way, of course. But Reid is as physical as they come and is all about hustling every second he’s on the court. And he’s hungry to stick in the league. I can guarantee you PJ3, at some point during the week, will receive his unofficial ‘Welcome to the NBA moment,’ and it’s likely to come from Reid on the practice court.

7) Can’t pretend I know much of anything about Kent Bazemore. A quick Google search, though, helps enlighten me to the fact that he was the nation’s Defensive Player of the Year in his junior season. Why am I not surprised? Sam Presti doing work, ladies and gents.


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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