We always talk about it as sports fans. The moment when a “no name” guy gets a slight and minor opportunity and takes full advantage of it. So many cases of this have been going on with Jeremy Lin in New York last year, Colin Kaepernick right now for the 49ers, so on and so forth. You don’t hear about it because it’s not a worldwide topic in a big market, but DeAndre Liggins has made a name for himself this week.
What Liggins does for this Oklahoma City team is obviously contagious. With Thabo Sefolosha out yesterday with a neck injury, Liggins got the start and did his job. He defends, rebounds, takes open shots when he gets them, and most of all brings that gritty, hard nosed effort to the floor. His stat line last night was awesome with 11 points and nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. Here’s another big stat: Wes Matthews was 2-8 from the field with Liggins on him.
In the NBA, you need that guy who brings energy every night and when his time is called can come in and produce. Last year for the Thunder that was Royal Ivey, who is no longer with the team. He didn’t play much at all but when guys were out for a night, he came in and hit some pretty big shots.
However, let’s not get carried away here. Liggins has done a terrific job, but at the end of the day, when all are healthy it’s hard to fit him into the rotation. Scott Brooks obviously knows Liggins deserves to be on the floor but then yet again Sefolosha has a similar game in being a terrific defender too.
Now, it will be intriguing to see what’s in store for Liggins whose confidence should be heavy. We will see the scenario tonight against the Suns.