Oklahoma City Thunder: Rookie Perry Jones III might beat out Daequan Cook for rotation spot

Lazar Hayward is also competing against Jones and Cook for playing time.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 8, 2012

Cook is competing with Jones III and Lazar Hayward for minutes and was thought to have a leg up due to his contributions last season. So far, though, Jones has garnered most of the praise throughout training camp. At the end of Monday's practice, Cook didn't seem interested in discussing the logjam and how it might impact him.

“It's different for everybody,” Cook said. “I mean, it's different looks for every (practice) team. I'm not really concerned about that right now. I'm more focused on just preparing myself for the season and helping the younger guys out right now.”

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Former Oklahoma State men's basketball coach Eddie Sutton was a guest at practice Monday. … The Thunder will practice one final time Tuesday morning before leaving for its preseason opener against Houston in Hidalgo, Texas.

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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