Salt Lake City Summer League Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Salt Lake City Summer League Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

When: 6:00 p.m. CST, Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Where: Salt Lake City Summer League, Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

How to watch/stream: Grind City Media Mobile AppP

Well, that’s it for Salt Lake City, folks.

The Memphis Grizzlies have one more game left as their Summer League comes to an end. At least that part. They will play one final game in Utah before moving on to the main game – in Las Vegas.

And I would say so far it has gone about what you would expect from Summer League.

That’s meant as a compliment. Regardless of wins and losses, this team is successful. The guys you expect the most from – your draft picks – are playing basketball.

Can I say that about all the Grizzlies Summer League players? No. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s not what this style of basketball is for.

We should see these guys fight. And – in an ideal world – learn from those fights and move on. As long as that happens? I’m a happy person.

Let’s see if that trend can continue tonight against the Thunder. Because taking that energy to Vegas isn’t nothing. It’s certainly not a big deal. But it’s not nothing.

1 thing I’m looking forward to…

If I told you that Zach Edey, GG Jackson II and Jake LaRavia weren’t there for Memphis’ win last night, would you believe me?

I wouldn’t blame you if you said no. I wouldn’t believe you. But they did it.

The only reason for this was the play of Jaylen Wells and Cam Spencer.

Otherwise last night’s game could have been really bad.

But after two games of Summer League… Well, it looks like Zach Kleiman has two more absolute bargains from the draft in his pocket.

After what I would call a poor performance on Monday, Jaylen Wells seemed to be back in the running. But after the first quarter of last night’s game?

Wells’ offense has finally caught up with his defense. It’s been good the last two games, don’t get me wrong. I’m not worried about that, or his effort.

It’s no easy task to not let the defense let up when the throw isn’t landing. And as a freshman? That’s tough. When Jaylen’s throw started falling last night, it was much easier to see which player Memphis thought so highly of.

Oh, the Grizzlies won the game with the above shot. And if that play continues tonight, that’s a winning Salt Lake for him.

And then there’s Cam Spencer.

Who played like the last two Summer League games were the last he ever played on earth. That’s the kind of dedication he brought to this squad. Cam had 30 PTS, 10 REB, and 8 AST in two games while shooting over 50.0% from everywhere.

If he continues like this tonight, he will be by far the best player on the Grizzlies’ roster in Salt Lake City.

…And 1 thing I am not

The thing is, I’m always happy when a player surprises me in Summer League. Right? We love it when an unexpected guy takes off.

But when the guys you expect to be your better players are. And the rest of the squad… well, it’s not…

This makes the product less exciting. And that’s a good thing. You want the players who are drafted high – or drafted at all – to play at that level.

And it doesn’t matter as much if the ones that didn’t make it don’t make it. It’s important that guys like Jaylen Wells and Cam Spencer play well in games like last night. The other guys are less important.

And if there are no surprises tonight… the Grizzlies will finish the Salt Lake City Summer League with a smile on their faces, regardless of the outcome.

Photo credit: (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)