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Summer-league rosters aren't crammed with 37-year-old veterans playing on wooden legs and sporting eyepatches. Just thought you should know—because you might not have.
The Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers decided to play it safe with a few of their most intriguing prospects on Sunday. It was sort of weird—unequivocally weird, even.
After going for 19 points, two rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block Saturday, Nerlens Noel registered a "did not play" (DNP) Sunday. Likewise, neither Jeremy Lamb nor rookie Mitch McGary played for the Thunder.
Seeing Noel sit is no surprise. He spent all of his rookie season recovering from an ACL injury, so the Sixers have been taking things slow with him from the get-go.
McGary's absence isn't a complete surprise, either. A back injury that required surgery ended his season early last year at Michigan. The Thunder could be gradually trying to get him back in the swing of things.
Lamb's DNP comes off as odd. If the Thunder want him to be a consistent contributor next season, he needs reps.
Having him sit out one day after a miserable performance—4-of-12 shooting, four turnovers—against the Grizzlies makes little sense. He really could have used a fresh start. Yet he didn't get it.
For whatever reason, he joined Noel and McGary in the "caution tape" section.