Livingston, who became the fourth Illinois Mr. Basketball to jump from high school to the NBA, joining Darius Miles, Kevin Garnett and Eddy Curry, began his NBA comeback earlier this season with the Heat, appearing in four games, totaling 41 minutes. A salary cap casualty in Miami, Livingston hopes his road back to the NBA will begin in Tulsa.
"I want to play a couple of games and see where the health of my knee is,” said Livingston, who has career averages of 7.3 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line. "I want to be able to have some teams look at me and see where I am. I hope to finish out the year on an NBA roster.”
That "NBA roster” could end up being the Thunder’s. The 66ers are the Thunder’s NBDL affiliate and the two teams are owned by the same group. The Thunder also has an open roster spot for the rest of the season.
Livingston made an immediate impact in Tulsa’s game against Rio Grande Valley on Saturday night. Entering the game with 2:08 to play in the first quarter, Livingston hit his first two shots, including a buzzer-beating jumper that gave the 66ers a 30-28 lead.
"You could tell the moment he stepped on the court that he has an extremely high basketball IQ,” Tulsa head coach Paul Woolpert said.
"Shaun will make the rest of the 66ers look better, and that’s the highest compliment that I could pay to any player.”