NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 14 August 2018

img_4063Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the Thunder signing Tyler Davis to their final 2-way contract: “Davis (6-foot-10, 265 pounds) averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in three seasons at Texas A&M. Davis’s signing was first reported by Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.”

Alex Miller (Dallas News) looks at Tyler Davis’ draft journey: “Davis went undrafted in June’s NBA Draft, but soon signed a deal with the Brooklyn Nets and stayed with the team through Summer League action. In four Summer League games with the Nets, Davis averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) on the Thunder having a case of the Mondays: “One side effect is more games on week nights. One benefit is fewer home games bunched together. One of the major commitments of Thunder ticket-holders is time. When the Thunder hosts three or four home games in a seven- or eight-day span, it taxes fans’ ability to get to the arena.”

Carmelo Anthony’s letter of appreciation to Oklahoma City via the Oklahoman.

Michael Shapiro (Sports Illustrated) looks at the Thunder’s chances in the Western Conference: “Last season was undoubtedly a disappointment for Oklahoma City. No team truly looked like a legitimate challenger to the Warriors entering 2017–18, but below the Bay Area behemoth there was no one directly in the Thunder’s way. There was (now undue) skepticism toward the Harden-Paul marriage in Houston, Portland’s ceiling appeared limited and the Thunder, by adding Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, finally possessed the necessary scoring punch to pair with OKC’s point guard. A Westbrook-KD battle in the Western Conference finals was entirely conceivable.”

Ed Odeven (Japan Times) on Russell Westbrook’s visit to Tokyo Japan: “As he stepped on the stage, with NBA and B. League analyst Chris Sasaki serving simultaneously as master of ceremonies and translator, Westbrook was treated to a rock star’s entrance, not unlike the intro to a concert at a stadium. He made previous promotional stops in Shanghai and Beijing. The Tokyo stop was the final stretch of the summer tour.”

Westbrook’s interview in Shanghai

Sean Fallon (ComicBook.com) on Paul George’s new Fortnite PG2.5’s: “Odds are that very thin association with Fortnite will be enough to blow these sneakers off the shelf when they drop tomorrow, August 15th. That having been said, if you want to pick up a pair for yourself, keep tabs on Paul George’s Nike page, the PG 2.5 page, and Nike.com for the shoes to go live. They might also be available at your local Nike retailers.”

Yams (Thunderous Intentions) on Jerami Grant being the X-factor for the Thunder this season: “His fluidity meant he was able to switch seamlessly from perimeter duties to protecting the paint. Grant’s ability to guard positions 1-5 played a huge part in him having the third-best defensive rating among players who averaged at least 20 minutes per game in the playoffs (97.7). He was also the team’s best rim protector, averaging 1.0 BPG. Players shot 52.8 percent from 0-6 feet when guarded by Jerami Grant, which is 9.6 percentage points worse than what they usually shoot from that range.”

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