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Orlando Summer Pro League notebook: Rookies struggle at the line

Modified: July 12, 2008 at 12:38 am •  Published: July 12, 2008
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Green making strides
It shouldn't go unnoticed that Jeff Green led this summer league in scoring at 22.8 points per game. Kevin Durant took the spotlight during the lone game he participated in, but Green was that game's leading scorer.

Russell Westbrook saw his reputation soar the most, while Durant was the most talented player to take the floor, but the strides Green made have to be taken into account as one of the most significant developments for the Oklahoma City franchise at the Orlando Summer Pro League.

Green competed like an elite player, imposing his will against smaller players around the basket, often voicing his emotions with screams after scoring or drawing a foul. He got to the free-throw line 53 times. He treated inferior competition with disdain, overcoming a criticism put on him coming out of Georgetown, where some scouts fell he should've been more assertive.

Green wasn't drafted to be this franchise's leading scorer, but he will be counted on to pose matchup problems.

•Freebies hard to come by: Another major point of emphasis Oklahoma City will have to focus on leading into the season is the lack of accuracy their two rookies displayed at the free-throw line this week.

Westbrook finished 14-for-24 (58 percent) from the stripe, slightly better than D.J. White's 57-percent clip (8-for-14).

•Westbrook: ‘That's not my cousin': The awkward moment of the week occurred when Westbrook was asked about how close he was with his cousin, Brian Westbrook of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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