OKC Thunder observations from Vegas: Who stood out in Summer League?

Deonte Burton, Hamidou Diallo, OKC Thunder (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Hamidou Diallo #6, OKC Thunder(Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Hamidou Diallo:

Leading the Thunder squad in minutes at 27 a game, Diallo had plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents in Vegas. Diallo definitely showed off some flashes, including what seems to be an improved handle, but his problem still lies in his jump shot.

Despite being the second-leading scorer for the team (14.8 points per game), Diallo’s efficiency was lacking as he struggled from behind the arc (15.4 percent) and the free throw line (47.4 percent). In addition to that, his true shooting percentage was 45.8 percent, which is 10 points below the league average last season (56 percent).

Obviously adding a good jump shot to any player would be a huge deal, but Diallo has all the tools to become a successful role player in the NBA and even a league-average shot would benefit him greatly.

Despite his shooting woes, Diallo showed off an improved handle, taking a few plays coast to coast for layups.

Or this beauty:


For Diallo to become a good role player in the NBA, he’s going to need to develop his jumper more. At 20 years old and a seemingly great work ethic, I trust Diallo to continue to build on his strong Summer League and get significant minutes for the Thunder in the future.

Kevin Hervey:

Last years second-round pick for the OKC Thunder, Kevin Hervey had an impressive summer league showing.

Using his 6’8″ size and near 7’4″ wingspan, Hervey finished sixth in Vegas in rebounds per game and 27th in player efficiency rating among qualified players.

Hervey led the team in scoring (15.2 points per game), rebounding (10.2) and blocks (1.5) as well as finishing fourth in assists, averaging more than Diallo, Bazley, and Devon Hall.

Hervey showcased his potential shooting ability launching a team-high 6.2 per game and hitting at a 32 percent clip.


Hervey also showed off his sneaky ability to pass, hitting the wide-open player in the corner for the easy 3-point shot

Hervey averaged 2.9 assists per game in his sophomore season at college as well as 2.5 assists per 36 in the G-League last season, which gives me a reason to believe he can develop into a good passer for his position as a stretch four or small ball five.

At 23 years old, Hervey might get a chance to play for the OKC Thunder this year as they are lacking depth at the power forward spot and potentially at center if an injury occurs.

For a more in-depth look at how summer league statistics translate to the NBA, check out this article on Draft Express that showcases which stats translate the best with the help of historical data.

Honorable Mention: Luguentz Dort

With that out of the way, let’s check out who had an underwhelming Summer League for the Thunder.