OKC Thunder: DeAndre Liggins finds a 3-point groove

On Wednesday, in the Thunder's 74-62 win over Philadelphia in day four of the Orlando Pro Summer League, Liggins' hard work began to pay off. He made two of three 3-pointers and looked as confident as ever letting them fly.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 10, 2013

It was Liggins like you've never seen him.

“I think what we saw from him (Wednesday) was a little flashback to what he did in college,” Kalamian said. “He can handle the basketball. He actually played some point (guard) at Kentucky.”

Liggins proudly added a little more clarification.

“I was recruited to Kentucky as a point guard,” Liggins said. “Of course that changed when John Wall came. But I still have it in me to make plays for others. That's something I can do.”

Of course, Liggins' customary tenacity hasn't gone anywhere.

On one first-half defensive possession Liggins aggressively contested a shot, reaching over a Sixers player from his side to block a shot. An official called a foul. Liggins argued the call. The official, apparently unfamiliar with Liggins' all-out approach, told Liggins to settle down.

Not a chance.

“That's my calling card,” Liggins said of his intensity and in-your-face defense. “That's why I'm in this league and that cannot go away. Without that, I'm out the league. So I got to keep that.”

The question is whether it'll all be enough to keep Liggins, 25, in OKC a little longer.

Liggins is on a non-guaranteed contract this season. The Thunder can release or trade him before the season and not have to pay him.

His future is uncertain, and the Thunder hasn't shared any of its plans with him.

“That's the scary part about it,” Liggins said. “But at the end of the day this is a business, and it's a lot more teams out there. I would love to stay in OKC and play with the guys as I said before. I love the organization. They're first class. But this is a business and whatever happens, happens.”


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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