The Oklahoma City Thunder waived Andy Rautins, Daniel Orton and Hollis Thompson today meaning that DeAndre Liggins has won the team’s final roster spot.
Liggins definitely earned this as he did not come into training camp and preseason necessarily as the favorite. The spot was up for grabs and Liggins was impressive enough to earn the spot.
Here is what Liggins did in the preseason:
- He played 25 minutes vs. Houston in the first preseason game and scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- He started and played 26 minutes vs. Charlotte. He scored five points on 2-of-2 shooting including a three and grabbed six boards.
- Against Phoenix he started again and played 23 minutes. He scored seven points on 3-for-5 shooting to go with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- He came off the bench vs. Denver and only played four minutes, scoring two points with one rebound.
- He played 26 minutes off the bench vs. Chicago. He didn’t score but had four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
Liggins was described as Thabo-lite by some, an athlete on the wing who can defend and fill up the stat sheet somewhat in other ways too. He isn’t known as a great shooter but did appear to fit in very nicely with the Thunder in the preseason.
There was some thought that Orton should have won the 15th spot over Liggins. Orton would be the fourth center on the roster but depth at that position, especially when thinking about the future, isn’t a bad thing.
It’s going to take injuries for him to get any playing time or even suit up this season. The Thunder are just too stacked at the wing position.
Liggins is definitely someone who could develop into a very solid role player in this league and maybe that will be with the Thunder down the road. Sefolosha may not be around forever with this team and Liggins is someone who could be a possible replacement in a few years.