OKC Thunder take on Spurs in final Summer League game

Chet Holmgren #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
Chet Holmgren #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images) /

The OKC Thunder ran a marathon during the 2023 NBA Summer League; while most teams sprint to the finish line with a couple of weeks in Vegas, the Oklahoma City Thunder have spent the entire month playing basketball dating back to their July 3rd Summer League debut in Salt Lake City. It finally ends on Sunday, July 16th, in Vegas. Then, at least in a Thunder uniform, the Bricktown boys will be on the shelf until October. Some members of the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in action during August’s FIBA World Cup.

During the Vegas NBA 2k24 Summer League, the OKC Thunder finished with a 2-2 record in the “regular season,” which was not enough to crack the Summer League playoffs and only grants the Thunder this fifth and final game against the San Antonio Spurs. Though this will not be the high-profile matchup, it could have been had these two teams met earlier in the month.

OKC Thunder to play their final NBA Summer League game on Sunday against the Spurs.

After three games in Salt Lake City, this will be the Thunder’s eighth Summer League contest in the month. The Oklahoma City Thunder will likely rest most of their high-profile players, while the Spurs have already shut down Victor Wembanyama.

Game Details: 

  • Date: July 16th
  • Time: 6:30 CT
  • Broadcast: NBATV
  • Matchup: OKC Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs

What to watch for: 

TyTy Washington continuing to make an impact

The Oklahoma City Thunder saw TyTy Washington make his Thunder debut on Friday against the Wizards, where he genuinely impressed despite a lackluster box score. His playmaking was on total display, which the Summer Thunder have lacked, and will undoubtedly need in this final contest. Washington was a once highly valued prospect that the Rockets shipped out of town this offseason. Though, it will be hard for him to crack the Thunder regular season roster as OKC has to make six cuts to standard contract players before the season opener. Washington needs an impressive summer and training camp to force Oklahoma City’s hand.

KJ Williams’s steady play

The Oklahoma City Thunder have a very steady contributor this Summer in the form of KJ Williams. The former LSU Tiger has done nothing eye-popping but has caught attention with his practical play. Williams is in the right place and making the right play most of the time. That dependability is appealing to NBA teams. This is another chance for KJ Williams to grab an NBA opportunity.

Tanner Groves’ hometown ties

It is the final day of Summer League for the Thunder, and if assumptions are correct that the vast majority of OKC regulars will be shelved for this finale, it will be fun to watch the former Oklahoma Sooner play in an NBA setting. The Thunder love the local tie aspect of players, and while Groves has no NBA potential, he could make for a solid G-League or overseas player if he wants to hang around the game.

Check back for postgame coverage of the OKC Thunder battling with the San Antonio Spurs to wrap up the NBA Summer League. 

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