Derek Parker

Derek Parker

Derek is co-founder and publisher for Draft Digest and Inside The Thunder for Fan Nation, powered by Sports Illustrated. He has been a sports writer in the Oklahoma City market for five years now, primarily covering the NBA Draft and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Mar 15, 2024; New York City, NY, USA; St. John's Red Storm guard Daniss Jenkins (5) drives to the basket against Connecticut Huskies guard Tristen Newton (2) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Pistons’ Rookies Daniss Jenkins, Bobi Klintman Shine in Summer League

Two Detroit rookies saw success in Ron Holland’s absence Monday.

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Jul 14, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Matas Buzelis (14) shouts at a teammate while playing against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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Matas Buzelis Ignites for Chicago Bulls in Summer League

Matas Buzelis saw one of the best rookie performances of the Summer League so far on Sunday.

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Jul 13, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Donovan Clingan (23) greets San Antonio Spurs guard Stephon Castle (5) before the start of an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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NBA Summer League: Ware, Castle Highlight Top Performances Saturday

A few of the top rookie performances at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas Saturday.

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Jul 10, 2024; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dalton Knecht (4) extends for a rebound against the Miami Heat forward JC Butler (57) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Knecht, Sheppard Shine in Lakers-Rockets Bout

Two rookies stood out in Friday’s contest between Los Angeles and Houston.

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Jul 10, 2024; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Dalton Knecht (4) controls the ball against the Miami Heat during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Dalton Knecht Shows Glimpse of Potential Future with Lakers

The former Tennessee sharpshooter saw his first rush of professional success on Wednesday.

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Jul 6, 2024; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Bronny James Jr. (9) celebrates from the bench during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Lakers, Heat to Face Off in NBA Summer League

Miami and Los Angeles will face off tonight with a star-studded lineup of NBA rookies.

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Zach Edey, a first-round draft pick for the Grizzlies, smiles during a press conference to introduce the team’s 2024 NBA Draft picks at FedExForum on Friday, June 28, 2024.
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NBA Rookies to Watch in Tonight’s Summer League Slate

A few of the league’s newest players to watch in tonight’s four-game Summer League slate.

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Jared McCain Stands Out in First Game with 76ers

The former Duke Blue Devil and No. 16 pick stood out in his first professional game.

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Jun 26, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kel'el Ware arrives before the first round of the 2024 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Kel’el Ware Shines for Miami Heat in Summer League

After a five-block performance on Saturday, Ware doubled down in Sunday’s contest.

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Jul 6, 2024; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Bronny James Jr. (9) reacts after being called for a foul against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Bronny James, Dalton Knecht See Slow Start to Career with Lakers

The newest Los Angeles duo got off to slow starts to their NBA careers, with all the time in the world to bounce back.

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Jun 26, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Matas Buzelis poses for photos with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected in the first round by the Chicago Bulls in the 2024 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Matas Buzelis Could Help Usher Chicago Bulls into New Era

A hometown prospect could help Chicago enter a new era.

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Mar 13, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; Boston College Eagles forward Quinten Post (12) shoots the ball over Clemson Tigers center PJ Hall (24) in the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Golden State Warriors Could Look to Newest Rookie for Minutes

Golden State’s newest rookie could be set to get minutes as a frosh in the NBA.

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