The Oklahoma City Thunder are just days away from returning to the hardwood! The OKC Thunder will play in two Summer Leagues starting July 3rd in Salt Lake City. After a three-game sprint in Utah, the OKC Thunder will join the rest of the league in Vegas from July 7th-17th.
The Thunder have not announced their full Summer League roster, but news has started to trickle out. Oklahoma City’s Bench Boss, Mark Daigneault, told me that OKC Blue head coach Kam Woods and Thunder assistant coach David Akinyooye will split the coaching responsibilities of Summer League.
The OKC Thunder are preparing to play in two Summer League sessions in July; let’s piece together their Summer roster.
While the official Summer League roster is not out yet, plenty of names are confirmed to be joining the OKC Thunder this Summer.
The runner-up for Rookie of the Year, Jalen Williams, is confirmed to play in Summer League for the Thunder. Mark Daigneault said on Saturday that it speaks to the organization’s culture that such a successful sophomore would want to continue to build in the Summer. This happened a year ago as well with Josh Giddey. Follow Sophomore Ousmane Dieng will also participate in Summer League this offseason.
All signs point to the Oklahoma City Thunder also seeing Chet Holmgren play in Summer League. Sam Presti went as far as to say they expect him to play during Saturday’s Rookie Press Conference. Holmgren has tracked well during rehab and seems poised to return to the court. Fellow rookies Cason Wallace and Keyontae Johnson will also play in Summer League, as is customary for incoming rookies.
Jalen Williams, Ousmane Dieng, and Chet Holmgren will presumably only play in Salt Lake City, which is typical for returning players. It also seems safe to assume Jaylin Williams will be in Salt Lake City, though nothing on that is official.
Beyond these names, there will always be a slew of undrafted free agents joining the club. So far, we know of former Oklahoma Sooner Tanner Groves, Wyoming fifth-year Hunter Maldonado, Rutgers defensive ace Caleb McConnell, Baylor sharpshooter Adam Flagler, Ohio State wing Justice Sueing, LSU’s KJ Williams, and Daeqwon Plowden, who spent last year in the G-League with the Birmingham Squadron.
Of that crop of names, Adam Flagler and Caleb McConnell have the most juice to vvye for a two-way spot with a strong summer league showing.