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Jazz beat Thunder in Vegas Summer League opener

The Utah Jazz opened the Las Vegas Summer League with a 78-66 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to move to 1-0 in the tournament. The Jazz were led by third year center Tony Bradley who continues to dominate summer league play, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to go along with three assists. Bradley feats on smaller, less experienced players around the rim, and runs the floor surprisingly well for a player his size.

Miye Oni, the 58th pick in the 2019 NBA draft continued his hot shooting from the Salt Lake Summer League, knocking down a scoring 4-5 shots from the three point line, and 5-7 overall en route to a 14 point, three rebound outing. Oni hasn’t quite shown the defense that was expected coming out of Yale, but his shown a much better shooting stroke. If Oni can continue to shoot as a 40% or better clip from three, he has a chance of making the Jazz roster. He’s not all that dynamic of an offensive player yet, but as Dennis Lindsey said at season’s end, he wanted to look for snipers, and so far Oni has done just that. Oni has made 8 of his last 13 three point attempts in summer league, and is 8-16 overall. Oni was a career 35% three point shooter at Yale.

Both Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman struggled to shoot the ball in game one. Brantley finished 3-12, with seven points and reight rebounds, while Wright-Foreman finished 3-14 for 14 points and six rebounds. Brantley’s strength continues to be a valuable asset to his game, easily backing down smaller defenders, even more experienced players like the Thunder’s Deonte Burton. Wright-Foreman has good quickness and an advanced set of dribble skills, but struggled with his floater game and from beyond the perimeter, connecting on just 1-5 attempts.

The Jazz will play the Miami Heat on Sunday night.

 


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