After signing a contract for the NBA restart with the OKC Thunder, did Devon Hall do enough to justify a deal next season?
Devon Hall started the 2019-20 NBA season as a two-way player for the OKC Thunder. He was with the varsity squad for most of the start of the season but saw very little playing time. He was then sent back to the G-League and replaced with Luguentz Dort. We know how that worked out.
However, Hall even lost his two-way deal so he was only eligible to play for the OKC Blue. Then COVID-19 happened and turned the NBA world on its head. In June he signed a substitution contract with the OKC Thunder, which filled the two-way slot Dort’s signing left open.
Hall only played 11 games with the OKC Thunder main squad in the 2019-20 season. He averaged 1.8 points, 1.2 assists, and 0.6 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game. To say that his numbers are underwhelming is to state the obvious.
Devon Hall had one good game for the OKC Thunder
Hall’s numbers are somewhat inflated by the last game of the season against the LA Clippers. He would play 24 minutes, scoring 12 points, dishing out four assists. and collecting three steals in the four-point loss.
To get a better idea of his body of work we need to look at the G-League stats. He played 30 games for the OKC Blue, averaging 15.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 31.4 minutes per game.
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He made a good connection with OKC Blue point guard Abdul Gaddy. As a backcourt, they led the OKC Blue back into finals contention before COVID-19 stopped the G-League. Hall was a solid G-League player but was not spectacular.
In the games that he played, both in the G-League and in the NBA, Hall did not seem to have the edge which is required in the NBA. Dort was given the opportunity and took it with both hands. He let his defense do the talking and put his body on the line for his teammates repeatedly.
Hall looked more technically correct but without this edge, he had nothing special about him which made his team or opposition defense’s take much notice. Has Hall done enough to earn a spot on the OKC Thunder’s roster for next season? The answer to that is no.
Hall needs to develop his perimeter game more as well as work on his passing game, including entry passes into the post. At the age of 25, Hall is probably not going to develop too much more. There is a good chance that his NBA career is over after just 11 games.