As I’m sure everyone is aware, it can be difficult to find topics to write about during the offseason. But the thing I really do like about the NBA is that there really is not a lot of downtime for players who are still trying to make a name for themselves at the NBA level. They don’t get to see a lot of floor time during the NBA season, and that’s where the NBA Orlando Summer League comes in.
Yes, the NBA’s Orlando Summer League tips off today, and I felt that the ultra-hardcore of the OKC Thunder fans deserved to know what was going on. I will begin with the summer league schedule so far:
OKC Thunder Orlando Summer League Schedule:
July 5 – Memphis (4pm CST)
July 6 – Philadelphia (4pm CST)
July 7 – Brooklyn (6pm CST)
July 9 – Indiana (2pm CST)
July 11 – TBD (TBD)
All games will be broadcast via NBA-TV.
So, of course you’re probably already aware that guys like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka are pretty busy guys on their off-time, so they, of course, will not be a part of the final summer league roster. Luckily, I happen to have procured a copy of the entire 2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Summer League Roster. Therefore I will present you with it as of right now.
The 2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Summer League Roster:
#12 Steven Adams (C) – 7’0″ 255 lbs. (Pitt/New Zealand) Born: 7/28/93 (1 yr.)
#9 Ron Anderson (F) – 6’8″ 260 lbs. (USF) Born: 9/12/89 (R)
#22 Semaj Christon (G) – 6’3″ 190 lbs. (Xavier) Born: 11/1/92 (R)
#30 Fuquan Edwin (G/F) – 6’6″ 215 lbs. (Seton Hall) Born: 9/17/91 (R)
#14 Josh Huestis (F) – 6’7″ 230 lbs. (Stanford) Born: 12/19/91 (R)
#3 Perry Jones (F) – 6’11” 235 lbs. (Baylor) Born: 9/24/91 (2 yrs.)
#11 Jeremy Lamb (G) – 6’5″ 180 lbs. (UConn) Born: 5/30/92 (2 yrs.)
#31 Marcus Lewis (F) – 6’8″ 245 lbs. (Oral Roberts) Born: 8/5/86 (R)
#23 Mario Little (G) – 6’6″ 218 lbs. (Kansas) Born: 12/29/87 (R)
#33 Mitch McGary (F) – 6’10” 255 lbs. (Michigan) Born: 6/6/92 (R)
#21 Andre Roberson (F) – 6’7″ 210 lbs. (Colorado) Born: 12/4/91 (1 yr.)
#2 Nolan Smith (G) – 6’2″ 190 lbs. (Duke) Born: 7/25/88 (2 yr.)
#6 Michael Stockton (G) – 6’1″ 178 lbs. (Westminster) Born: 5/7/89 (R)
#44 Maurice Sutton (C) – 6’11” 220 lbs. (Villanova) Born: 7/31/89 (R)
Head Coach: Darko Rajakovic (BK University, Serbia)
Vin Bhavnani (USC)
Dave Bliss (Georgia)
Steve Scalzi (Boston College)
Scott Simpson (Arizona State)
Mike Terpstra (Northwest Nazarene)
Joe Sharpe (Old Dominion)
Sebastian Poirier (Salem State)
And finally, as you see the game play out, you may notice some key differences between the Orlando Summer League’s rules and standard NBA rules. These include:
- 10-minute quarters
- A 10-minute halftime
- Two 1-minute mandatory TV TOs per quarter on dead balls: One at 5:50, and the other at 2:59.
- All teams have a maximum of 3 full TOs in the 4th quarter.
- Each team is allowed only 1 20-sec. TO for each half.
- A 3-minute OT period will be played, if necessary.
- 1 full TO, and 1 20-sec. TO per team, per OT period.
- Teams are officially “in the penalty” after committing their 5th foul for each quarter. (Basically, you get 1 extra foul in Summer League before “hitting the penalty mark”.)
- No “foul out” rule. Any personal fouls a player picks up after their 6th will result in the fouled player getting two free throws. And for each personal foul a player commits after the 10th, the opposing team receives two free throws, plus possession of the ball.
- 10-minute “warm up” period before games. (It’s usually 15-20 during the regular season.)
And I think that should cover just about everything you need to enjoy the NBA Orlando Summer League. If you can’t get enough basketball, this league just answered your prayers. Enjoy the games!