June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Perry Jones III (Baylor) puts on a cap after being introduced as the number twenty-eight overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

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The Thunder are taking part in this week's Orlando summer league with Perry Jones III making his NBA debut.

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Orlando Summer League 2012: Thunder Finish With 3-Game Winning Streak

The Oklahoma City Thunder got off to a slow start at the Orlando Summer League dropping their first two games to the Celtics and the Pacers. However, Oklahoma City bounced back to win their last three games and finished third with a 3-2 record in the week long league.

The Thunder handed the Pistons their only loss of the week on Wednesday behind solid games from Lazar Hayward, Garrett Temple and Reggie Jackson. Hayward finished fifth in the league in scoring with a 15.8 average.

Here is a look at the full results for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Orlando Summer League:

Monday, July 9 Celtics 73, Thunder 65
Tuesday, July 10 Pacers 78, Thunder 74
Wednesday, July 11 Thunder 83, Pistons 62
Thursday, July 12 Thunder 87, Nets 86
Friday, July 13 Thunder 89, Jazz 75

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NBA Summer League 2012: Thunder Defeats Jazz, 89-75

The Oklahoma City Thunder handed the Utah Jazz an 89-75 defeat on Friday morning in Summer League action. Four Thunder players scored in double figures, same as with the Jazz, as both teams managed to shoot right around 40 percent for the game.

The Jazz were in control for most of the first half, but the second half was all Thunder.

Lazar Hayward led the way for the Thunder with 15 points and he is averaging 16 points a game in Summer League play. Reggie Jackson chipped in 14 points for OKC, while Garrett Temple and Latavious Williams added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Jazz were led by Enes Kanter, who scored 15 points in defeat.

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NBA Summer League: Dwight Buycks Scores 22 Points To Lead Thunder Past Nets, 87-86

The Oklahoma City Thunder topped the Brooklyn Nets, 87-86 in one of the more exciting Orlando summer league games to date. The Thunder were led by guard Dwight Buycks who got the start over Reggie Jackson who was given the day off to rest. Last season Buycks spent the full season with the Thunder's developmental league team working on his game.

Buycks to full advantage of his opportunity to score 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, including the go-ahead bucket with less than 30 seconds which gave the Thunder the lead for good at 85-83.

The Nets had their own star player in former Kansas Jayhawk Tyshawn Taylor who was just as good as Buycks by scoring 23 points. Taylor started off hot by making his first six shots and ended up going 9-of-18 from the field.

Perry Jones III who was the Thunder's first round pick did not play on Thursday with a sprained ankle.

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NBA Summer League: Cole Aldrich Finding Rhythm In Middle For OKC Thunder

As the Oklahoma City Thunder summer league team heats up this week in Orlando, the play of Cole Aldrich keeps getting better in the middle. Perhaps the two are connected as the Kansas big man hopes to impress the Thunder brass with his play to earn more playing time in the middle. He's doing just that according to Mark Bryant, the team's summer league coach.

"Cole just has to keep playing hard," Bryant said. "That's all we want him to do is just keep playing hard. Don't worry about scoring. He's supposed to protect the rim, rebound and be physical. Those are the only things you have to worry about, and I thought he really embraced that and played well today."

Aldrich had 10 points and 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in Wednesday's game.

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NBA Summer League: Reggie Jackson Outclasses Brandon Knight In Thunder Win

While most of the results and statistics from the NBA's two summer leagues aren't worth the paper (they are no longer) printed on, how players perform in certain individual matchups can be enlightening.

Darnell Mayberry of the Daily Oklahoman has been watching the Thunder's team play all week in Orlando, and he was impressed by how second-year PG Reggie Jackson performed against fellow 2011 draftee Brandon Knight on Wednesday:

He was under complete control throughout the game, and, facing his best opponent yet, Jackson completely destroyed him. It was rather shocking, to be honest. I figured it would be a close matchup, but Jackson just outclassed Knight by a wide margin. Jackson ran the offense to near perfection, once again operating the high ball screen with great efficiency. He made all the right decisions out of that set, knifing his way into the lane and getting easy buckets at the rim, pulling up for the free throw line extended jumper, or making on-time, on-target passes to shooters on the perimeter. This was the best I've ever seen Jackson. Remember, it's summer league so don't jump to conclusions. He still has a long way to go. Let's see it in the regular season first.

It won't be easy for Jackson to crack the Thunder's rotation, with Eric Maynor returning from injury, and Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden and Daequan Cook ensconced in roles.

However, with a salary cap crunch coming up over the next year, Jackson could make Oklahoma City's decision easier if they thought it was necessary financially to cut ties with some of the players above him.

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2012 NBA Summer League Schedule: Thunder Vs. Nets

The Oklahoma City Thunder will continue their summer league schedule on Thursday afternoon in Orlando, this time taking on the Brooklyn Nets. Despite signing undrafted free agent guard Hollis Thompson from Georgetown on Wednesday, the new member of the Thunder won't join the summer league team because of a groin injury. OKC won its first summer league game on Wednesday, defeating Detroit 83-62.

Date / Time: Thursday, July 12, 12 p.m. CT

Location: Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

TV: NBA TV

Streaming: NBA.com (subscription required)

Other Games:

Pistons vs. Celtics, 10 am CT

Pacers vs. Jazz, 2pm CT

76ers vs. Magic, 4pm CT

You can watch every game of the 2012 Orlando Summer League on NBA TV or via a subscription to Summer League Broadband.

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2012 NBA Summer League: Thunder Defeat Pistons, 83-62

The Oklahoma City Thunder have their first win of the 2012 season.

Well, sort of. Oklahoma City's 2012 Summer League team notched its first win of the summer, defeating the Detroit Pistons, 83-62.

Five members of the Oklahoma City squad were in double figures, and three players scored 15 points a piece. Lazar Hayward, Garrett Temple and Reggie Jackson (no, not that Reggie Jackson), all paced Oklahoma City with 15 points.

Jackson also tied a team high with seven rebounds, all coming on the defensive glass. Cole Aldrich also grabbed seven rebounds for the Thunder.

Despite scoring 15 points, Hayward was just 4-of-13 shooting, including 0-for-4 beyond the arc. Temple led the team in three point shooting, going 2-of-5 from long distance.

Austin Daye led all Pistons scorers with a game-high 18 points. Brandon Knight attempted a game-high 17 shots, but was just 5-of-17 for 11 points.

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NBA Summer League: Latavious Williams Working On Perimeter Jumper

The Oklahoma City Thunder have ascended to the top of the NBA thanks mainly to their ability to draft and develop young players, something which they aren't ignoring even though there's currently very little room on their roster.

One of their intriguing "draft-and-stash" prospects is 2010 second-rounder Latavious Williams, a wiry and extremely athletic 6'8 swing forward who they selected out of high school and sent to the NBDL in 2011.

After spending the 2012 season in Europe, Williams is back in the US playing for the Thunder's summer-league team. He sat down for a Q&A with the Daily Oklahoma where he talked about which parts of his game that he is still trying to develop:

Is there one aspect of your game that you're trying to work on in Orlando this week?

Just shooting the ball. From 15 (feet) on out, I need to work on all of it.

Williams has NBA-caliber athleticism and was a highly-touted high school recruit before academic issues forced him to go pro rather than enrolling at Memphis. However, at only 6'8, he doesn't have the size to play center, which means he needs to develop more of a perimeter game.

With Perry Jones now in the fold, it doesn't appear that Williams has much of a chance to make Oklahoma City's roster, but if he can prove that he's a consistent perimeter shooter, he'll likely draw attention from other NBA teams looking to upgrade the athleticism on their front-line.

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NBA Summer League: Perry Jones Injured For Rest Of Thunder's Game Schedule

Everyone was wanting to get a good look at Perry Jones III after the Oklahoma City Thunder selected him at No. 28 in the first round of the recent NBA Draft. The Baylor product fell farther than some believed due to injury concerns, but no one questioned his ability to make an impact in the middle. After one game, it looked like the Thunder might have a real gem on their hands -- once again. Instead, Jones is now out for the rest of the week, which includes the rest of the Orlando half of the NBA Summer League.

Jones will undoubtedly be ready for training camp, but this doesn't bode well for the future if injuries are going to continue to happen. However, here's hoping that Jones can turn the corner and turn into another force down low for a team that might have to make some important decisions on the long-term plans for Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins.

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2012 NBA Summer League Schedule: Thunder Face Detroit On Wednesday

Day three of the NBA's Orlando Summer League is underway on Wednesday, with the Oklahoma City Thunder facing the Detroit Pistons. OKC is still looking for their first win after dropping two games. Oklahoma City dropped Tuesday's game to the Pacers 88-84, and lost their opener on Monday to the Celtics, 73-65. OKC will finish off the week against Brooklyn on Thursday, and Utah on Friday.

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

TV: NBA TV

Online: NBA.com (subscription)

Radio: n/a

Other Games:

Indiana vs. Boston, 10 a.m. CT

Brooklyn vs. Philadelphia, 2 p.m. CT

Utah vs. Orlando, 4 p.m. CT

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NBA Summer League 2012: Reggie Jackson Taking Advantage Of Playing Time

Reggie Jackson is one of the more high profile players for the Oklahoma City Thunder this week in the NBA Summer League in Orlando. WIth only a handful of games against Eastern Conference teams, the Thunder's roster features last year's first round choice with Jackson out of Boston College as well as this years in Perry Jones III out of Baylor. They have 10 others, but those two players are the ones expected to break out if anyone can. And Jackson says he's ready for that role.

In a recent interview with Nick Gallo from the OKC Thunder's official web site, Jackson discussed his goals for this summer and many other things. More than anything, he's focused on improving all aspects of his game by participating in summer league action.

"Hopefully I just become a well-rounded player, fix some of my flaws and try to minimize some of my deficiencies," said Jackson. "This is just a way to get some playing time. It's good to get your legs moving, get going, try to get your wind up and just have fun. Playing with these guys is great for me and hopefully we become better teammates and just get better."

Jackson played in 45 games in his rookie season and averaged just over 11 minutes per game. With Eric Maynor coming back from injury, he could find less time this next season which means he needs to take advantage of every opportunity he can. In fact, he said he didn't even want to leave after the NBA Finals were over but wanted to stay and perfect his game.

"I went home to Colorado Springs. It was terrible," he said. "I hate being away from the gym. I felt like I was forced out of there. The coaches wanted me to stay away. I snuck in a few days and shot but didn't do too much. It was tough being away from these guys and then the fires didn't really help either. So it hurt, but once we drafted Perry (Jones) I wanted to get around this young talent and just have fun and try to go on this journey together and just be with these guys. I missed them, I wanted to see some of the faces that have come in for summer league and see what we can do this week."

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NBA Summer League Schedule: Thunder Face Pacers In Tuesday's Action

The NBA Summer League officially started yesterday in Orlando as several Eastern Conference teams and the Oklahoma City Thunder (for some reason) comprise the eight teams competing and hoping to impress their respective coaching staffs for future playing time in the NBA. The rosters are made up of impact rookies getting their first taste of NBA action, newer players trying to hone their skills and roster hopefuls trying to make a highlight or two and garner the attention of someone.

The Thunder take on the Indiana Pacers today at 12pm CT. Perry Jones III was very impressive in his first game with the team, and he'll hope to continue that momentum throughout the week. Here's the rest of the schedule for Orlando's action.

10 a.m.: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz.

12 p.m.: Indiana Pacers vs.Oklahoma City Thunder

2 p.m.: Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic

4 p.m.: Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics

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NBA Summer League: Reggie Jackson Looks To Impress Thunder In Orlando

After three seasons at Boston College, the Oklahoma City Thunder made Reggie Jackson their selection in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. Unfortunately last year wasn't so hot for Jackson's play and the Thunder are hoping that the point guard seizes control of the floor during the team's NBA Summer League play in Orlando, Florida this week.

Jackson has a real chance to show the team what he can do this week given that Russell Westbrook is off with Team USA in the NBA offseason and Eric Maynor is also not around.

Royce Young of the Daily Thunder writes, "Last season when he had to step up and fill in for an injured Eric Maynor, his play was just... unmemorable. He didn't really impact the game much, instead mostly just serving as Guy That Brings The Ball Up The Court. It would be very nice to see Jackson play with a bit more confidence, in a comfortable role where he's not out there with direct orders just not to screw anything up. Make some plays, hit some shots, attack the rim, use that athleticism. Give us a glimpse."

The good news is that Jackson scored 19 points in the first game of Summer League play. Jackson averaged 3.1 points in 11.1 minutes per game last season. He played in 45 games for the Thunder.

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NBA Summer League 2012: Thunder Lose To Celtics, 73-65

The Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Boston Celtics in Orlando on Monday.

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