When the Oklahoma City Thunder shipped Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Suns, the return featured Kelly Oubre Jr, Jalen Lecque, Ricky Rubio, and Ty Jerome along with a 2022 First Round pick. That was only a few weeks ago back on November 16th. Fast-forward to December 9th, and only Ty Jerome remains a member of the Thunder organization.
Suns fans hoped for more from Jerome in his first year with the team, but he still showed flashes of his potential. Jerome showed his tremendous IQ and Suns head coach, Monty Williams, had high hopes for the Virginia product this upcoming season. Coach Williams spoke about Jerome in the summer before he was traded to Oklahoma City, saying “Ty knew the questions to ask” in order to get better and that “he’s been in the gym and working on his body.”
There are a lot of positive signs surrounding Jerome, who should be a breakout candidate coming off the bench for Oklahoma City in his second season. Jerome is a smart player who understands what it takes to get better and I have high hopes for him this year. One aspect of Jerome’s game aside from his build that he will need to improve is his three-ball. He was only able to shoot the trey ball at a 28.6-percent clip last season, a big dip from his college numbers.
Thunder coach Mark Daigneault has embraced the idea of giving everyone the opportunity to succeed and improve, so Jerome will certainly see the floor this season. Jerome will likely start off playing around 15-20 minutes per game and based on his play will have the opportunity to gain minutes in a rebuilding season. The situation is ideal for Jerome as he has all to tools to be able to average around 8 or 9 points per game this year with a few assists and rebounds if he can improve his efficiency.
Ty Jerome talked about his focus for this season being to space the floor for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and complimenting the Thunder’s new lead guard well.