STEVEN ADAMS LOOKS SHARP IN THUNDER DEBUT
Steven Adams, the Thunder's top draft selection, didn't disappoint in his summer league debut Sunday afternoon in Orlando.
The 12th overall pick out of Pittsburgh came off the bench in the Thunder's 76-68 win over Indiana and scored two points on 1-for-4 shooting with six rebounds in 20 minutes. But those stats belied Adams' presence on the floor, something best seen in his athleticism, activity and energy level.
He showed good awareness on defense, in the pick-and-roll and as an individual and help defender, and kept plays alive by hustling. Adams blocked two shots and showed a willingness to use his 7-foot, 255-pound frame to bang inside.
“I thought he was solid,” said Thunder coach Rex Kalamian. “I think that he has a lot to learn and he knows it. He asks a lot of questions. He's like a sponge. I think he really soaks things up very well. And he's given us good feedback on how he feels.”
Adams said the team wants to keep it simple with him. His job is to rebound, defend and running the lanes.
“I'm a work in progress,” Adams said. “I'm just taking it day by day, working hard and getting better.”
THUNDER LOSES ASSISTANT TO DETROIT
Maurice Cheeks has indeed taken a former co-worker with him to Detroit.
Cheeks hired former Thunder assistant coach Maz Trakh to join his staff.
Trakh, who joined the Thunder before the 2010-11 season, is coaching the Pistons' summer league team.
Cheeks reportedly was interested in taking Thunder assistant coach Rex Kalamian with him to Detroit. Kalamian, however, will remain in Oklahoma City. He is coaching the Thunder's summer league team.
JACKSON SITS SUNDAY
Guard Reggie Jackson did not play in Sunday's opener against the Pacers.
Jackson is expected to play in as many as two games this week. It appears Jackson will play Monday against Orlando and the Magic's No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo and again on Tuesday against the Pistons.
JERRETT SHOWS SHOOTING TOUCH
Grant Jerrett, the 40th overall pick in this year's draft, scored a team-high 17 points with four rebounds and three blocked shots in 27 minutes Sunday.
Jerrett made four of five 3-pointers and finished 6-for-9 from the field.
“There's a lot of (shooting power forwards) in the league,” Kalamian said. “He provides that for us in this setting here. And we'll just try to keep putting him in positions to be able to show that.”
Under the Orlando Summer League's new scoring system, the Thunder earned five of a possible seven points Sunday. One point is awarded for every quarter won — the Thunder won the first and fourth quarters against Indiana — and three points are awarded for a win. … The Thunder's starting lineup Sunday was Dwight Buycks, Jeremy Lamb, DeAndre Liggins, Jerrett and Daniel Orton. … Orton scored 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting with four rebounds and two blocked shots. … Buycks scored 12 points with a game-high 13 assists. … The Pacers had 13 total assists. … A pair of former Sooners had good showings Sunday. Magic forward Romero Osby scored 18 points with five rebounds and one assist while making seven of eight shots in 24 minutes. Amath M'Baye, meanwhile, scored two points with three rebounds and one assist while supplying quality defense in 16 minutes for Utah.