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Dakari and Teague Struggle in Summer League Today


It wasn’t a great day for former Cats in the Orlando Summer League despite the Oklahoma City Thunder getting the 73-65 win over the Orlando Magic Blue team. Dakair Johnson did get the start at center for OKC but only contributed four points and six rebounds in over 21 minutes of action. Johnson wasn’t in foul trouble, having just three total fouls, but just never seemed to establish a presence on the court, getting just three shots from the field.

Marquis Teague on the other hand had the dreaded DNP-Coach’s Decision. It looks like it will be an uphill battle for Teague to make his way back in the NBA and a DNP-CD doesn’t help.

The Thunder play against the Clippers tomorrow at 5:00.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

10 Comments for Dakari and Teague Struggle in Summer League Today

  1. Eyebleedblue
    6:26 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    Premature NBA team
    D Lamb
    Aaron Harrison
    Daniel Orton

  2. lribookend
    6:29 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    Who is Dakair Johnson ?

  3. Andrew
    6:40 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    Why would they pick up Teague for their summer league team but (at least so far) not give him a chance to prove himself?

    • Katya
      6:42 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

      I was wondering that too. Why pick up anybody and not play them?

  4. J. Reed
    6:42 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    Teague will forever regret not coming back to Kentucky

  5. Drew
    6:44 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    I watched the game and didnt think Darkari struggled as much as he just didnt get any touches. Most of the game flowed through Mitch McGary, so if one big gets the ball a lot the other doesnt (unless youre KAT & WCS). Whenever DJ was in the game, he hustled and showed good helpside defense; even getting a steal late in the game to help seal the win. I think he did exactly what he was drafted to do. The guards still insist on running the P&R with him instead of getting it to him on the block which doesn’t let him show his offense at all. Still…he didnt standout but I wouldnt say he struggled either.

  6. Jamal Sunburn
    6:52 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    I’m guessing Teague is sitting on purpose as the staff gets a look at the younger players and he will play in the back end set of games.

  7. Webster
    7:38 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    Reagan- yes stats matter but they’re not everything. Guessing you didn’t watch the game which is ok, just don’t say he struggled. This is especially true in NBA summer league games where offenses are super basic. Drew’s analysis above should be swapped for the main post. Teague didn’t struggle- he just didn’t play. It’s not uncommon in NBA summer league to play a certain set of players for a few games and then the other set, especially if you’re comparing those 2 directly.

  8. Jordan
    7:58 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    4pts 6rebs in 21 mins is basically what he averaged last season…don’t really know if I’d consider that a struggle.

  9. BCO
    9:14 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    In todays NBA though someone like Dakari won’t flourish like he would have a decade or more ago. NBA bigs are becomming taller and lankier, with athleticism and facing up surplanting strength and post moves. I think Dakari really needed one more year and maybe even two to develop his jumpshot and athleticism. Even though he runs the floor ok for a big…his lateral speed and jumping ability are really poor. I think hell make a back up center though but I cant see him having an illustrious career by any means. But I do hope he does because he seemed like a great kid and team mate. Im hoping hell go out and prove me wrong. Best of luck Dakari!