NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 15 August 2018

img_4063Tamberlyn Richardson (Thunderous Intentions) on Corey Brewer’s interview with Aaron Torres: “Brewer says Russell Westbrook is one of the most positive players he’s ever had as a teammate and what people say about Russ being driven isn’t just idle talk. It’s often been discussed by his teammates, but Brewer mirrors the notes of how incredible of an athlete Russ is.”

Steven Adams made the richest New Zealander list for the first time (via NewsHub): “Adams is included for the first time, coming in at the bottom of the list with a net worth of $50 million. He’s halfway through a four-year $145 million dollar deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder in what is the largest contract ever signed by a New Zealand athlete.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) dives a little bit deeper into Carmelo Anthony’s letter and the season that was: “In his one season with the Thunder, Anthony, 34, averaged career lows in minutes (32.1) and points (16.2) per game, as well as shooting percentage (40.4). But the 10-time All-Star made and attempted career highs from 3-point range (169-of-474) in the Thunder’s attempt to convert him primarily into a catch-and-shoot 3-point threat.”

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) says the Thunder caught some breaks in their schedule: “The Thunder’s four West teams it plays only thrice each are the Warriors, the Lakers, the Spurs and the Grizzlies. The Thunder draws Phoenix and Sacramento four times each. Playing a Northwest Division schedule isn’t easy – it’s the only NBA division with five quality teams – but OKC gets repaid in other ways.”

Horne (NewsOK) on Thunder assistant coach Darko Rajakovic being a part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders: “Rajakovic, who is from Serbia, will help coach some of the top high school age campers from throughout Europe from Aug. 15-18 at the Zarkovo Sports Hall in Belgrade, Serbia. The camp brings together 63 of the top boys and girls ages 17 and under from 25 European countries.”

Jacob Doole (Sir Charles In Charge) looks at the NBL as the league’s newest pipeline to find and develop players: “And yet, despite averaging just 4.6 points in 15.2 minutes per game, NBA scouts saw enough to peg him as a first-round draft pick. For the NBL, it was justification that their league was starting to be viewed in the same light as the major European competitions.”

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