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Ready: Thomas provides what the Thunder needs most — interior defense, blocked shots and rebounds. The former two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year has averaged 1.1 blocks and 5.0 rebounds during seven NBA seasons. A published poet, having written “More Than an Athlete,” Thomas also can provide invaluable experience for a young team. ... or not: 26. That's the number of games Etan Thomas has played the past two seasons. The 31-year-old Tulsa Washington product could give the Thunder 15 to 20 minutes a game of interior defense but must prove he can stay healthy. Thomas has played in 50 or more games only twice the past five seasons — 71 games in 2005-06 followed by 65 games in 2006-07 with the Wizards.