Steven Adams could return to Oklahoma City with a new weapon.
A back-to-the basket game.
The Thunder has spent the first two days of the Orlando Pro Summer League running a ton of offense through the post, and Adams, the second-year center, got ample chances to go to work from the low block Sunday.
Adams finished with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting, showing off a pretty jump hook with his right hand on one possession and another nifty finish with his left later.
“That’s something that we want to add to Steven’s game,” said Thunder assistant and summer league coach Darko Rajakovic. “He’s a great defender, a great rim protector. But we want to have more possessions and more touches for Steven in the low post. That’s what he needs to work on and continue to develop to add to his game.”
Though he wants to improve in all areas, Adams wants to keep defense his primary focus.
“Last year I just had to really adapt to the system and figure out how I could really help the team,” Adams said. “That was really defense, and it still stands. So I still need to really work on my defense. That’s the No. 1 goal. But also working on the offensive end. We worked on it last year. Now we’re just trying to do it in the game as well.”
CHRISTON LOOKS COMFORTABLE
Semaj Christon, a second-round pick the Thunder acquired on draft night, got the start for Sunday’s game and looked comfortable and in control of the team’s offense.
The 6-foot-3 point guard out of Xavier scored 12 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 31 minutes.
“Semaj brings a lot of energy,” said Rajakovic. “He’s a player who has good length for the position, and he can pressure full court. He can put the ball on the floor and attack the rim. He’s such a young player, he has great potential.”
With the impending signing of Sebastian Telfair, Christon is expected to join the Tulsa 66ers.
JERRETT OUT WITH FOOT INJURY
Second-year Thunder forward Grant Jerrett did not travel with the team to compete in this week’s summer league. He sustained an ankle injury in the team’s practices last week that prevented him from participating.
It’s unclear how severe the injury is or how long Jerrett will be sidelined.
Jerrett is a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Thunder can match any contract offer he might get from another team.
Jeremy Lamb and Mitch McGary did not play Sunday. They were held out to rest. … Nerlens Noel and Hollis Thompson did not play for Philadelphia. They also got the night off. … After turning the ball over 27 times Saturday, the Thunder trimmed its turnover tally to 19 on Sunday. … OKC was 0-for-10 from 3-point range at halftime and finished 5-for-23 from that distance. … The Thunder went 24-for-42 (57.1 percent) from the free-throw line. … Rajakovic declined to disclose which players would sit Monday against Brooklyn. Adams and Perry Jones are the two most likely candidates. … Tip-off against the Nets is 6 p.m.