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Lots of promise for Thunder's Robert Swift

By John Rohde Modified: October 28, 2008 at 12:27 am •  Published: October 28, 2008

/> He currently is sidelined with an injured right hand. He missed 70 games last season with tendonitis and a torn meniscus in his right knee.

He missed the 2006-07 season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

In the two seasons before that, he missed games with right knee patellar tendonitis, a sprained right foot, a sprained right thumb and a broken nose (presumably the right nostril).

On paper, it’s easy to question Swift’s credentials. So why aren’t they questioned?

"His body hasn’t allowed him to show what he can do,” said forward/center Nick Collison, who arrived with the former SuperSonics franchise one season before Swift. "To be mobile and be big, there’s just so few guys like that. That’s why so many people see promise in a guy like that. A big guy who can play is just so valuable.”

Last Thursday night in Phoenix, Swift played for the first time since last March and finished with six rebounds, four points, one assist and one steal in 16½ minutes.

"It felt good, but it was exactly what I expected,” Swift said.

"My timing was off. My conditioning is getting there, but is not there (yet). The thing that felt good is I knew all the plays, knew all the defenses.”

Presti said of Swift: "He absorbs information pretty quickly. For someone who hasn’t played a lot, he’s still able to see things on the floor.”

Now all that’s left is to see Swift on the floor himself.