Thor has double digits, emphatic block in NBA Summer League

August 14, 2021

JT Thor

With a 7-foot-3 reach, Anchorage’s JT Thor has one of the longest wingspans at the NBA Summer League.

Don’t test him at the rim.

Danalo Banton found out the hard way.

The 6-foot-10 Thor rejected the 6-9 Banton’s dunk attempt in a high-flying highlight late in the fourth quarter of an NBA Summer League game between Charlotte and Toronto in Las Vegas.

Thor’s beautiful blocked shot was just one of his big plays in the game. He scored 10 points, drilled two 3-pointers and finished off an alley-oop.

The rookie out of Auburn made 4-of-6 shots and added two blocks, two assists, one rebound and one steal in 16 minutes for the Hornets.

Thor, of West High fame, has averaged 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in three games at the summer league. He’s shooting 60 percent from the field and twice scored double figures.

The Alaskan was the 37th overall draft pick in last month’s NBA Draft. He has already signed with Charlotte and will become the fourth Alaskan to play in the NBA.

Thor was tied for sixth in the SEC with 1.4 blocked shots per game.