Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma City Thunder waive point guard Walker Russell


The Oklahoma City Thunder waived guard Walker Russell today cutting their roster down to 18 players now.

Russell hardly appeared in any of the Thunder preseason games so far and it is no surprise at all that he ended up being cut. Russell would have had to make an amazing impression to be considered for the final roster.

The Thunder are more than deep at the point guard position of course with Russell Westbrook starting and then his backups Eric Maynor and Reggie Jackson.

Russell played 28 games last season for the Detroit Pistons. He averaged 3.0 points per game in 12.8 minutes per game and shot 34.7 percent from the field.

With 18 men left, the Thunder will have to cut three more. The players who could end up being cut are DeAndre Liggins, Hasheem Thabeet, Daniel Orton, Andy Rautins, Hollis Thompson and Lazar Hayward.

Liggins has looked by far the best of any of those players so far in the preseason. But the Thunder may want more depth up font though and choose Thabeet or Orton instead. Rautins and Thompson remain the least likely to make the final 15.

The Thunder have until next Monday to make the final roster cuts down to a 15-man roster.

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