D.J. White making up for lost time

Darnell Mayberry Published: July 18, 2009
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/> White weighed 220 pounds during the season but has bulked back up to somewhere between 235-240 pounds. His conditioning is good, but he’s looking to add more strength before coming into training camp in the fall.

"I think (this summer) is very important,” White said. "I missed the whole season, so I didn’t get a chance to play and learn like Russell (Westbrook) and Kyle (Weaver) did.”

Thunder summer league coach Brian Keefe said White is noticeably more advanced than at this time a year ago. The signs were evident Friday.

"It’s night and day,” Keefe said. "He is understanding our schemes better and more confident in his offensive game. Last year he was just finding his way. But he’s much more comfortable in his role now.”

White has become a reliable option in pick-and-rolls with his ability to finish in traffic at the rim and consistently knock down jump shots from out to 19 feet.

"I’ve never really watched him play, but all I’ve seen is consistency and improvement,” rookie James Harden said. "He’s knocking down the mid-range jumper and banging with the bigs. He’s getting a lot better as time goes on as well.”