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Perry Jones is raw, but he's an unbelievable athlete.
...None of whom are likely to see the floor this season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder use the D-League as a sort of minor league system, so barring injury, their best young guys—Perry Jones, Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and Grant Jerrett—will be lucky just to get garbage-time minutes this year. But they're all talented and could make a real impact in the future, so they're worth bringing up anyways.
Jones, entering his second year this season, is a project but is also right up there with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka in terms of athleticism. He doesn't yet have the sheer skill to pair with that athleticism, but he showed flashes offensively last season and is versatile enough to play multiple positions.
Adams is another work in progress—a raw, but athletic seven-footer who projects to be a very good defender someday. As it is, he'll have to improve as an overall defender and on the defensive glass, but he has an NBA-ready body and is by all accounts a very hard worker.
Roberson is an undersized forward who the Thunder actually traded up to attain with the 26th pick in last year's draft. Roberson has virtually no jump shot to speak of (seriously, it's bad), but he's a great athlete who rebounds like crazy and should be able to defend multiple positions at the next level.
Finally there's Jerrett (assuming he signs a contract), a stretch forward out of Arizona who seemed like a long shot to make the roster until he hit 50 percent of his threes in the Orlando Summer League. Jerrett is a poor (to put it nicely) defender, but he stretches the floor nicely and could play a Matt Bonner type of role in the future.
Again, you probably won't see much of these guys next season, but you never know. They're certainly worth keeping an eye on.