Play in the Orlando Summer League begins today for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The league will last a little under a week and give the Thunder a chance to have some of its young and up-and-comers get on the floor together.
One of the most promising prospects from OKC may not be participating however.
Thunder forward Perry Jones III is unlikely to participate in the Orlando Pro Summer League this week after undergoing an oral procedure to remedy an infection.
Jones will be entering his second season with the Thunder next year. In his first season, he spent more time with the D-League Tulsa 66ers than in OKC.
The departure of Kevin Martin and a year of experience under his belt may lend to Jones seeing more time in the Thunder rotation next season.
Jones has often been described as Kevin Durant’s backup at the small forward position. A normal Thunder rotation sees Durant sitting 5-6 minutes each half, meaning Jones could realistically see 10-12 minutes per game in that role.
Jones is an ideal fit at the forward positions for when the Thunder go small too. OKC likes using Durant at the four and playing small ball. They could keep up a fast tempo and versatile, switching defense by using Jones alongside Durant in these lineups.
Jones’ potential has always been very exciting. We hopes to get a chance to see some of his progression this week, but now it looks like we won’t.
Ryan Reid has been added to the roster to replace Jones.