EVALUATING THE DRAFT
What they did: Steven Adams (12), Andre Roberson (26), Alex Abrines (32), Grant Jerrett (40).
What it means: The Thunder added four more prospects to the pipeline, which should help keep a solid supporting cast around Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.
Analysis: We'd be shocked if any of the four players turned into stars. But with Westbrook, Durant and Ibaka that's not what the Thunder needs. This draft helped OKC fill in the gaps. The Thunder got a potential post presence in Adams, a rebounder and potential defender and corner 3-point shooter in Roberson and two sharp shooters in Abrines and Jerrett. All four will need time to make their marks. But once again, the Thunder used the draft effectively, coming away with four players with various skill sets and ensuring that the franchise won't have to overpay for similar production in free agency.
EVALUATING SUMMER LEAGUE
What they did: Went 5-0 in the Orlando Pro Summer League and won the league's inaugural championship.
What it means: Not much. There were some solid individual showings, but the outcome of those games means absolutely nothing.
Analysis: If anything, the six-day summer league stint affirmed what we already knew. The Thunder has one of the best casts of young players in basketball. Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb led the way. Daniel Orton and Steven Adams looked like young big men with potential. And DeAndre Liggins and Andre Roberson supplied hustle plays and proved to be valuable energy guys. Time will tell how they each pan out. But the week in Orlando was a great steppingstone. “This created a great platform for the rest of the summer,” Thunder summer league coach Rex Kalamaian said. “There's 70 (something) days before training camp begins. They can use this to really springboard them into a great summer, which should take them into training camp. And it's really important that they continue to learn and work on the things that we started with them.”