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Thunder defeats Jazz at 2024 Salt Lake City Summer League

Thunder defeats Jazz at 2024 Salt Lake City Summer League

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SALT LAKE CITY — Dillon Jones and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured a convincing victory against the Utah Jazz 98-75 in the Salt Lake City Summer League yesterday.

After losing the opening game of the three-day show, the Thunder got off to a flying start with a brilliant performance against the Jazz.

Thunder’s young stars impress in decisive win against Jazz

A large crowd came to Salt Lake City to see their hometown Jazz, but the Thunder’s young pros proved that the spotlights were not too bright for them. The energetic fans watched the Thunder showcase their skill and poise on the court.

In the opening quarter, Dillon Jones and Ousmane Dieng combined for 19 points to give the Thunder the lead.

This put them on course to destroy the Jazz throughout the game and win by 23 points.

Jones, a first-round pick out of Weber State in last month’s draft, has made waves in the first two games, scoring a game-high 21 points. His shooting, creating and rebounding skills have Thunder fans excited about his role on the team this season.

Dieng, who spent most of last year in the G-League, has always been a favorite among Thunder fans. Additionally, his ability as a point forward and versatility as a one-to-five defender allows him to be integrated into any rotation.

Keyonte George, Walker Kessler and Taylor Hendricks were not used due to a coaching decision. This allowed Kenneth Lofton Jr. to take the lead for the Jazz and scored the most points on his team with 18 points.

They are preparing for their final game of the SLC Summer League against the Memphis Grizzlies and have two days to prepare. The Las Vegas Summer League starts on July 12th.


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Thunder’s player development strategy to be seen in the Summer League

The Thunder’s summer league roster includes several interesting players, including Jones, Dieng, Ajay Mithchell and Adam Flagler. Additionally, these athletes have a lot of experience playing at a high level in both the professional leagues and the G-League over the past few years. The Thunder also have NCAA tournament phenom Jack Gholke on the roster, which should attract some attention.

Thanks to their experience, the team should be able to hold its own against the other teams in the summer league in the future.

As an organization, OKC places an emphasis on player development and exponential internal growth. They are known for having one of the best development programs in the entire NBA, using draft picks to select young players and developing them internally. It will be exciting to see who stands out in the final game and in Vegas for the rest of the summer league games.