The Oklahoma City Thunder swung a trade with the Atlanta Hawks to take a flyer on some former Rockets. Houston selected TyTy Washington in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft and Usman Garuba in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft, each of them casualties of the Rockets’ rebuild before the 2023-24 NBA season even begins. Given the timing of the transactions by Houston, the two youngsters have missed most of the Summer League.
Many expected they would miss the entire run due to the trade dust settling on July 12th. However, the OKC Thunder have announced the addition of TyTy Washington to their Summer League roster this afternoon. The Thunder have two games remaining, starting on Friday afternoon against the Washington Wizards and finishing on Sunday against a to be determined. Opponent.
The OKC Thunder add TyTy Washington to their Summer League roster ahead of their final two tilts.
TyTy Washington was once a highly thought-of prospect, and after a season at Kentucky, Washington was selected 29th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft. His rookie season spanned 31 NBA games a year ago, scoring in double-figures in six contests. One of Washington’s best NBA games came against the OKC Thunder, scoring 20 points on 56 percent shooting from the floor and two assists.
The 21-year-old buttered his bread in the NBA G-League, where he played 21 games, averaging 22 points, six assists, five rebounds, and 1.3 STOCKS per game. Washington shot 83 percent at the Free Throw line, 32 percent from beyond the arc, and 43 percent from the floor.
Summer League will be an environment he thrives, and he has to make a good impression fast in Bricktown. The OKC Thunder have to cut six standard contract players by the season opener, and Washington is one of the easier players to move. Though, a strong showing in Summer League and an excellent training camp could force the hand of Sam Presti to keep the Kentucky guard around.