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Why former Syracuse star Buddy Boeheim could find a role with the OKC Thunder

Why former Syracuse star Buddy Boeheim could find a role with the OKC Thunder
Why former Syracuse star Buddy Boeheim could find a role with the OKC Thunder

On Monday afternoon, Shams Charania reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder are planning to sign the former Detroit Pistons winger Buddy Boeheim to an Exhibit 10 contract.

The deal gives Boeheim the chance to play for OKC’s Summer League team in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas later this month.

The signing of the former Syracuse star comes after Boeheim spent two seasons with the Detroit Pistons. During his time in Detroit, Boeheim played 20 games with the Pistons and averaged 3.4 points and one rebound per game in 10 appearances during the 2023-24 season.

The Thunder’s new addition also played 47 games with Detroit’s G-League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise, last season. In nearly 27 minutes per game with the Cruise, Boeheim averaged 15.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 44.6% from the field and 41.9% from 3-point range.

Boeheim is 6’5″ and 200 pounds. He has decent size on the wing and has proven to be a solid long-range shooter. In college, the sharpshooter made over 38% of his shots from beyond the three-point line, while he attempted eight per game as a junior.

In Boeheim’s last season, the son of the legendary Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim averaged 19.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game, leading to an All-ACC selection.

With an impressive track record and good size on the wing, Boeheim could remain in the Modern Frontier after the Summer League if he proves to be a good fit for the organization. While it is unlikely that Boeheim will play any minutes for the Thunder this season, Sam Presti and the company could decide to give the sharpshooter a spot with the Oklahoma City Blue if he performs well in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

Boeheim will join the NCAA tournament darling Jack Gohlkeformer Kentucky striker Tre Mitchellformer sniper from Saint Mary’s Alex DucasFirst round draft pick Dillon Jones and second round draft pick Ajay Mitchell on OKC’s Summer League team, as the above players are all fighting for their spot in the NBA.

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