The Thunder’s Fab Four of rookies from last season — James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor and Byron Mullens — highlight Oklahoma City’s roster for its Orlando summer league team.
Reserves Kyle Weaver and DJ White get another crack at proving themselves, as does 2009 Thunder draftee Robert Vaden. Absent from the summer league roster: 2010 first-round pick Cole Aldrich (who’s trade from New Orleans to Oklahoma City won’t be finalized until July 8) and second-round pick Tibor Pleiss (who will play overseas again next season).
Here’s the roster:
25 Cliff Hammonds, G, 6-3, 200, Clemson/DASH Peristeri Athens
13 James Harden, G, 6-5, 217, Arizona State
9 Serge Ibaka, F, 6-10, 235, Brazzaville (Congo)
31 Marcus Lewis, F, 6-8, 246, Oral Roberts/Tulsa 66ers
6 Eric Maynor, G, 6-3, 175, Virginia Commonwealth
23 Byron Mullens, C, 7-0, 275, Ohio State
42 Ryan Reid, F, 6-8, 235, Florida State
11 Mustafa Shakur, G, 6-4, 195, Arizona
30 Robert Vaden, G, 6-5, 205, Alabama-Brimingham
5 Kyle Weaver, G, 6-6, 215, Washington State
3 DJ White, F, 6-9, 240, Indiana
21 Latavious Williams, F, 6-8, 216, Starkville HS/Tulsa 66ers
Here’s the Orlando summer league schedule for OKC:
ALL TIMES CT
Monday, July 5 4:00 PM – Boston vs. Oklahoma City
Tuesday, July 6 2:00 PM – Charlotte vs. Oklahoma City
Wednesday, July 7 2:00 PM – Oklahoma City vs. Philadelphia
Thursday, July 8 12:00 PM – Oklahoma City vs. Orlando
Friday, July 9 7:00 AM – Oklahoma City vs. Indiana
Kevin Ollie spent last season in Oklahoma City helping to build a basketball culture. He’ll spend the next at least the next one in Connecticut, helping to rebuild another.
Ollie, a former reserve guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, told ESPN.com’s that he’ll join UConn coach Jim Calhoun’s staff as an assistant coach. Andy Katz is reporting that Ollie will send his retirement papers into the NBA office Friday.
Ollie played in only 25 games last season as the Thunder’s third-string point guard. His greatest contribution came from the example he showed the Thunder’s young stars. He was a full partner with Sam Presti and Scott Brooks in building the Thunder culture, supporting and counseling the likes of Russell Westbrook. His return to UConn, where he played from 1992-96 comes at a critical moment time for that program. Two members of Calhoun’s staff were forced to resign amid alleged NCAA recruiting violations. The Huskies have an Oct. 15-16 date with an NCAA infractions committee. Hiring Ollie won’t save UConn from penalties this time, but his character and qualifications — former NBA player, alumnus and foundational player at UConn — could help keep the Huskies out of trouble in the future.
Read Andy Katz’s story on Ollie here.
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