Deonte Burton expected to play for OKC in NBA Summer League

Mar 18, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Deonte Burton (30) dunks the ball during the second half of the game against the Purdue Boilermakers in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Former Iowa State star Deonte Burton has agreed to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2018 NBA Summer League, according to a report from ESPN.

Burton, who finished his Iowa State career in 2017, spent the past season with DB Promy in the Korean Basketball League. He was amongst the league’s best players while averaging 23.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a rookie.

The Milwaukee native’s performance in his first professional season earned him league MVP honors and he led his team to the league finals before losing in six games.

This will be Burton’s second Summer League stint as he spent last year’s summer slate playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. That came after a breakout senior season in which the former Marquette transfer averaged 15.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while helping lead the Cyclones to their third Big 12 tournament title in four seasons.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.