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OKC Thunder: DeAndre Liggins report card

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 3, 2013

Defense: B. He allowed 0.92 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports statistics, which put Liggins on par with Thabo Sefolosha. But Sefolosha did it while yielding just 39.5 percent shooting to premier wing players. Liggins allowed 45.1 percent shooting to backups. The effort was always there from Liggins. Consistency was not.

Rebounding: A. His game log says he grabbed more than three rebounds only three times. But in this case, it's quality over quantity. Liggins was a consistent rebounder, averaging 1.4 in just 7.4 minutes, a 6.6-rebound rate per 36 minutes. And he showed grit on both the offensive and defensive glass. His 10.2 percent rebound rate (the percentage of available rebounds he grabbed while on the floor) ranked second among guards who averaged at least seven minutes.

Work ethic: A. Liggins came to town with one goal. “Get a job,” he said. Even after he earned it, Liggins never stopped working. By early January, he had become a part of the Thunder's rotation, providing a nightly spark with hustle that, for awhile, helped the second unit establish a defensive mindset. And he still wasn't satisfied.

Shooting: C. Might seem harsh for a player who hit 36.8 percent of his 3s. Only Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant made a better percentage from that range. But Liggins attempted only 19 3-pointers, making seven. Those that he hesitated on are passed up altogether were more telling than both his makes and his misses. He admittedly struggled with consistency and confidence.

Energy: A. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said it best. “He's always pursuing,” Brooks said. “He never gives up on plays.” Nope. If Liggins is guarding you it's going to be a long day. You might get the best of him but better believe he'll make you work.

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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