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Summer League Matches Rule 1: Do not overreact to Summer League matches.

Ask Chet Holmgren.

“Success is a trap,” Holmgren said after his Summer League debut.

On the other hand, have fun, Thunder fans. Chet Holmgren’s hype train is already howling at top speed, so why not jump on board? Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt wears the conductor’s hat and plans a parade route.

Seeing Holmgren play Tuesday night in the Salt Lake City game seemed like an instant antidote to a two-year basketball hangover at OKC. Landing a player with Holmgren’s potential is what all those losses were for.

The Thunder’s No. 2 pick in the 2022 draft was spectacular in the Thunder’s first 98-77 Summer League win over the Jazz.

The 7-foot rookie scored 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He was 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 5-of-5 from the foul line.

Holmgren had seven rebounds, six blocks and four assists. The Thunder outscored the Jazz by 26 points in 24 minutes for Holmgren. Holmgren’s six blocks set a Salt Lake City Summer League record.

To which Holmgren replied to ESPN’s Holly Rowe: “Only six? It’s a record ?

There was the first block against former Illinois All-American Kofi Cockburn. There was the hit against the giant 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall. There were the shots the Jazz didn’t even attempt out of respect for Holmgren’s hidden length.

There were 3-pointers off the dribble and 3-pointers off the pick-and-pops. There was a transition dunk and a fade pull from Dirk Nowitzki.

“I watch a lot of basketball, I watch a lot of good guys like that,” Holmgren said. “I put a lot of work into shots like these.”

Holmgren’s debut was mixed with subtle celebration and not-so-subtle trash talk.

Minutes after the game, Holmgren tweeted a laughing crying emoji with no text. just the emoji.

Asked what that meant, Holmgren cryptically replied, “No comment.”

Holmgren is adept at mixing arrogance with composure – two traits you like to see from a first pick. After his wonderful individual performance, he credited his teammates and got tough on himself.

“It has to be better,” Holmgren said. “You can never really have a perfect game, but that’s what you’re looking for.”

It was only a Summer League game, but it was about as perfect a Summer League game as you’ll ever see.

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Jalen and Jaylin

Thunder rookies Jalen Williams and Jaylin Williams spell their names differently.

It doesn’t help TV broadcasters or PA advertisers.

Their names are pronounced the same, and it only took one Summer League game for the broadcast team to be baffled.

Remember Jalen Williams from Santa Clara goes through J-Dub. Arkansas’ Jaylin Williams goes through J-Will.

But even that gets confusing.

“J-Will attacks,” said Craig Bolerjack, player-by-play. “Rather, J-Dub.

Bolerjack caught up. It was Jalen Williams heading for the hoop in the second quarter. Not Jaylin Williams.

Jalen Williams, the guard, shot 8 of 11 with all but one of his buckets in the paint.

Jaylin Williams, the tall, had a quiet night with two points and six rebounds.

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Oklahoma City Thunder's Josh Giddey pounces on Utah Jazz's Jordan Usher during an NBA Summer League basketball game in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP)

Giddey too good

Josh Giddey had a few sloppy turnovers to start.

But then he settled down and you started wondering why he was on the floor. That’s probably because he only played 54 games as a rookie, but Giddey is clearly a class ahead of the Summer League competition.

That’s a good sign for Thunder’s second.

Giddey had an easy double-double with 14 points and 11 assists.

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Utah Jazz's Xavier Sneed drives between Oklahoma City Thunder's Gabe Brown and Eugene Omoruyi during an NBA Summer League basketball game in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (Spenser Heaps/ The Deseret News via AP)

The beginnings of Dieng

Ousmane Dieng succeeded in his shots. The Thunder’s No. 11 pick just didn’t do much.

Dieng shot 4 of 15 from the floor, including 1 of 9 from 3-pointers.

The biggest knock against Dieng in the pre-draft process was his perimeter shot, but the sample size is incredibly small.

It could take time for Dieng. He just turned 19.

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Oklahoma City Thunder's Jalen Williams dunks against Utah Jazz' James Palmer during an NBA Summer League basketball game in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP)

Thunder News and Notes

► Second-year goaltender Tre Mann (health and safety protocols) was out Tuesday night.

► It’s a Summer League game. You can’t overreact to good (Holmgren) or bad (Aleksej Pokusevski). However, it’s not ideal that Pokusevski struggled as much as he did on Tuesday. He is about to enter his third NBA season.

► Eugene Omoruyi, who has a two-way contract, was the first Thunder man to come off the bench.

► Guard Justin Robinson, who played nine games with the Thunder two seasons ago, came off the bench for the Jazz’s Summer League team.

► Isaiah Roby did not stay unemployed for long. The former Thunder big man was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Spurs. Spurs will cover Roby’s $1.9 million salary for next season.

► Roby thanked the Thunder in a tweet: “Thank you Oklahoma City for the opportunity to grow over the last three seasons, great organization, people, fans.” Former teammate. Giddey tweeted: “Boy!! Spurs had a good one.

► The Thunder announced Tuesday that they have signed their three first-round picks: Holmgren, Dieng and Jalen Williams. Second-round pick Jaylin Williams remains unsigned.

► Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Canadian team to FIBA ​​World Cup qualifying victories over the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands last week. SGA, of Hamilton, Ont., averaged 28 points on 63% shooting in the two games.

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