It was a case of “third time lucky” as the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to grab their first summer league victory in their third game – a 98-84 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Thunder have struggled mightily so far in the summer league, but things seemed to click this time as they managed to put together a solid four quarter performance and end up on the right side of the box score.
Rookie Mitch McGary was very impressive as he compiled 18 points and 13 rebounds (including 6 on the offensive end) to go along with 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in just over 30 minutes of action. McGary has al;ready endeared himself to the franchise and fans with his high effort and intensity on the floor. This game was no exception as he out-worked and out-hustled the Brooklyn frontline. The signs have been very promising for the rookie who only has a relatively small body of work due to a back injury while at Michigan.
Summer league standout from last year Jeremy Lamb again displayed his talents as he tallied a game-high 26 points and added 8 rebounds and 3 steals. While it wasn’t an efficient shooting night from down town for Lamb (going just 2-7 from 3pt range) he did manage to display his offensive prowess and get to the line. He was aggressive and competed well while logging heavy minutes.
With Semaj Christon sitting out, we got out first look at John Stockton‘s son – Michael. Stockton showed terrific poise and the ability to run the offense during his 17 minutes on the floor. 7 points and 5 assists was a great return for the point guard and he played his role well. Mario Little, the 6’6″ swingman from Kansas backed up his 18 point outing against the 76ers with a 14 point game, but he struggled for efficiency from the floor.
All in all, it was good for the Thunder to secure their first victory and some very positive signs are surrounding the #21 pick Mitch McGary and the summer league specialist Jeremy Lamb.