Given how choppy the level of play is at this event, his 4.3 turnovers per game isn’t as bad as it sounds, but there’s no question his decision-making and long-range jumper are both works in progress. That’s what makes his potential so scary.
"It’s clear what he has to work on, so if he’s putting in those reps, it’s only a matter of time before he improves in those conventional lead guard areas," an Eastern Conference scout said. "Physically, he’s a beast. It’s obvious he makes things happen and plays with a lot of confidence, so the sky is the limit on what he can do as his game expands."
Weaver hoping to expand 3-point range
Thunder guard Kyle Weaver
started 19 games last season and is aiming to make himself a more valuable commodity now that it appears he’ll be competing for minutes with Thabo Sefolosha
and rookie James Harden
As a result, he’s looked around the league and seen what the shorter corner 3-pointer has done for the careers of defensive-oriented guys like Bruce Bowen, Raja Bell
and Shane Battier
and is trying to emulate them.
"I’m working on my overall game, but certainly playing with guys like Kevin Durant, Jeff Green
and Russell, guys who can get in the lane and make plays, you have to have somebody who can knock down shots,” Weaver said. "In this league, you have to bring something different every year and that’s something I’ve been working on, just being a threat when I’m out on the floor.”
ODDS AND ENDS
Harden played only the second half of Wednesday’s game, notching breakaway among his two made field goals. ... Rookie Serge Ibaka
, who shot 12-for-15 from the field in his first two games and been one of the most intriguing prospects here, was held out of Wednesday’s game for rest purposes and sat on the bench in street clothes. ... Thunder management thought so highly of the job they did with Ibaka in Spain that they invited Ricoh Manresa
coach Jaume Ponsarnau
to be a part of their Summer League staff in Las Vegas starting next week. Ponsarnau will help ease the transition for Ibaka, who arrived in Oklahoma City only a few weeks ago.
BY TONY MEJIA
Thunder Summer League Notebook