Will Jack White make the OKC Thunder roster?

Australia's Jack White dunks (Photo by YUICHI YAMAZAKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Dennis Schroder #17 of Germany shoots a three-point shot against Jack White #14 of Australia (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images) /

The Case for Jack White making the team:

Jack White makes the Thunder roster because of his solid defense and good rebounding ability for his size. White plays bigger than his 6’7 frame would suggest and takes pride on the defensive end.

It was perfectly on display in the opening game of the FIBA World Cup when he trapped Lauri Markkanen to force a turnover. He also showed his cutting ability when Josh Giddey drove to the basket; he perfectly timed a backdoor cut for an easy layup.

White is a good catch-and-shoot three-point shooter, as he made forty-one percent of his threes in the G-League last year on 4.5 attempts per game.

He has shown that ability in the short time he has played with Josh Giddey, and his ability to move off the ball is reasonable.

In the G-League, he had a 66% actual shooting percentage in seventeen games with an offensive rating of 122. For reference, Jalen Williams had a 60 percent true shooting percentage and an offensive rating of 118 during his rookie season. He has shown the ability to be a good role player in spurts, the question remains whether he is good enough defensively to stay on the floor.