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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2009-07-12


Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2009-07-12


Oklahoma City Thunder Roster Report 2009-07-12
DRAFT PICKS:

James Harden, G, 6-5, Arizona State (first round) -- Expected to challenge for a starting spot as a rookie. Physical with high basketball I.Q. Can score, get to the rim and defend.

B.J. Mullens, C, 7-1, Ohio State (first round) -- A definite project who started only two games during his freshman and only season in college. Good hands and athletic.

Robert Vaden, G, 6-5, Alabama-Birmingham (second round) -- Averaged 17.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a senior. Fastest player in UAB history to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau.

PLAYER NEWS:

--G Shaun Livingston has been a point guard throughout his career, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll strictly play behind Russell Westbrook. Because of Livingston's length (6-7), he can play in the backcourt with Westbrook at times.

"It allows coaches to experiment," he said. "I'm not necessarily a better scoring guard than I am a playmaker, but I feel I have the ability to create mismatches by having two point guards on the floor."

--G Russell Westbrook had one of the early Summer League highlights in Orlando. With Boston third-year guard Gabe Pruitt in his path to the basket, Westbrook lost Pruitt and brought the gym to its feet with a devastating reverse slam.

"It was a hesitation dribble," Westbrook said. "I thought about going to the crossover, but he sprung up in front of me and I had little time to think, so I just came up with a (hesitation), saw he'd gone the other way and went right to the rim."

--G James Harden didn't need long to show off the work ethic that endeared him to the Thunder's front office. In an early Summer League game, Harden was double-teamed and lost the ball. Instead of giving up on the play, he dove to the floor and forced a jump ball.

"That's just about competing, playing hard and trying to win," Harden said. "I lost the ball, but got it back for us. I just want to win. I'm not setting any personal goals. Just winning."

MEDICAL WATCH:

--G Thabo Sefolosha (dislocated finger) didn't play the last several games of the season as a precautionary measure. He didn't need surgery.

--G Desmond Mason (knee surgery) is expected to make a full recovery. He'll be ready for training camp if he remains with the team.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 12, 2009

 

 
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