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OKC Thunder notebook: Perry Jones has 20 points in summer league finale

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 11, 2014
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Jones showed great growth as a 3-point shooter in his second season, connecting on 36.1 percent from that distance. He enjoyed his most success from the corners, but throughout this week he displayed improvement from the top of the arc as well.

“That’s a spot that I usually didn’t practice from,” Jones said. “But lately it’s been everywhere.”

And Jones said he’s now as comfortable as he’s ever been letting long-range shots fly.

“If I feel like I’m open, I’m going to call for it,” Jones said. “If we’re in transition and I’m bringing the ball up and I feel the man is to far back I’m going to let it go. That’s how comfortable they push me to be.”

Josh Huestis, the 29th overall pick, didn’t stand out in this week’s summer league. But he looked more comfortable as the week went on.

Appearing in four games, starting one, Huestis averaged eight points and 2.3 rebounds. He shot 42.9 percent.

“Obviously there are things that I’ve got to go back and work on. Watch film and continue to try to get better,” he said. “But I think in terms of my first week, I’m happy. I think it’s a really good learning experience for me and I’m looking forward to going and getting better.”

TIP-INS

Jeremy Lamb and Steven Adams did not play in the final game. … The Thunder made its first 11 shots. … The Thunder returned to Oklahoma City following the game. Many players said they will remain in town throughout the summer to continue to work with the coaching staff.

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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