Hollis signs with Western Conference champ Thunder
Just as the Hoyas received word of Stephen Domingo’s early arrival, Hollis Thompson inked a three-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to SLAM, Thompson’s deal is partially guaranteed with team options for the second and third years. The news was confirmed by Thompson’s agent, Seth Cohen. After going undrafted in last month’s NBA Draft, his professional prospects were initially in question. The signing is a huge success for Thompson, who can now fully rehabilitate a lingering groin injury that he suffered last season.
With Thompson’s shooting ability in the fold, the Thunder can space the floor even better around superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant presents the ideal player for Thompson to hone his offensive craft behind, given his preternatural ability to put the ball in the basket from anywhere on the floor. The young Thunder certainly needs the depth, having played deep into the playoffs the last couple of seasons, culminating in a Finals appearance this season.
More information on Thompson – along with Henry Sims and Jason Clark’s NBA prospects after the jump.
The team they lost to, the Miami Heat, is also auditioning a Georgetown product, as graduate Jason Clark has made it onto their summer league roster. With considerable depth at the guard position – Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, and Norris Cole – Miami may not have a spot for Clark once the season rolls around, but the exposure could help him latch on with another team.
The same logic applies to graduate Henry Sims. The six-foot-eleven big man is on Utah’s summer league roster and already made his summer league debut, a foul-plagued effort for Sims. But, with the Jazz’s bevy of big men (Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors), a spot for the former Hoya seems unlikely.
As with Thompson, though, a team with a need in that specific area will take a long look at both Sims and Clark. For now, Hollis joins Greg Monroe, Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, Patrick Ewing Jr., and DaJuan Summers as Hoyas that made it to the NBA under John Thompson III.