Who is going to step up for the Thunder off the bench?

Who is going to step up for OKC off the bench next season?

7/8/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Who is going to step up for the Thunder off the bench?Another deep sleeper for a significant bench role is rookie Grant Jerrett. Though he failed to dominate as expected during his one year at college, Jerrett was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school. He has a ton of talent with a 6'10'' frame, and has enough potential to be a big-time steal, as he fell to the 40th pick in last month's NBA Draft.

Jerrett has been the Thunder's best player through their first two Summer League contests. He is averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game on 57.9% shooting. He has also knocked down 8-of-13 three-point attempts (61.5%). There are random players who burst out in Summer League every year, and many of them never amount to much during the games that count, but it is worth noting Jerrett's performance considering he was one of the top high school players in the nation. He has a lot of work to do before getting a shot at legitimate regular season playing time, but he is a player to monitor as the regular season gets closer.

After watching James Harden average 25.9 points per game as a starter for the Rockets last season, it's pretty clear that the Thunder do not have a player on their bench who can have the same impact that he had. They may not even have a player who can have the same impact as Kevin Martin, who averaged 14.0 points per game last season. However, someone is going to need to step up, as sixth men have played a crucial role for the Thunder over the past few years.

As of now, it looks like Reggie Jackson will be the man who steps into the important role off the bench. It's certainly worth noting, however, that the Thunder may be grooming Jeremy Lamb in hopes that he could take over the role, while the team also has a former high school All-American, Grant Jerrett, stealing the show in Summer League.
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