Aaron Wiggins scores 16 in Thunder summer league loss to Pelicans

Aaron Wiggins posted his second strong performance in as many Oklahoma City Thunder summer league games on Wednesday night.

The No. 55 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft led the Thunder with 16 points to go with five rebounds, two assists, two assists, two steals and a block against the New Orleans Pelicans.

With that performance off the bench, Wiggins was one of the bright spots in the Thunder’s 80-65 loss. He is now averaging 14.5 points over the two summer league games.

It wasn’t perfect, though. The Maryland product was inefficient from the field though, going 7-for-16 from the field and making just one of the seven 3-pointers that he attempted.

Wiggins wasn’t alone in that poor shooting. Tre Mann’s 12 points was the second-most on the team, but he shot poorly for the second game in a row. Mann shot 4-for-15 and missed both 3-pointers he attempted.

The former Florida player is now 7-for-29 from the field and 0-for-6 from 3 in his two summer league games.

Theo Maledon was 2-for-11 from the field and 0-for-7 from 3, finishing with five points, and Charlie Brown Jr. matched those five points on 2-for-8 shooting.

While those players with higher expectations struggled, Oscar da Silva scored 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in 14 minutes of play off the bench.

Da Silva had eight points on 4-for-8 shooting in the summer league opener.

Josh Giddey missed the game due to a left ankle sprain that he suffered in the first summer league game. He played just five minutes of that first contest before being forced out with the injury.