OKC Thunder: DeAndre Liggins roundtable discussion

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 3, 2013

The Oklahoman's staff writers discuss three topics surrounding DeAndre Liggins.

1. Does DeAndre Liggins have a future with the Thunder?

Darnell Mayberry: Let's hope so. Liggins is young, tough and cheap. He works hard and has a great attitude. Combine that with his defensive mindset and the Thunder could have a gem of a dirty worker for the foreseeable future.

John Rohde: Anyone who doesn't mind playing defense and doesn't care about scoring has a potential future with the Thunder.

Berry Tramel: Absolutely Liggins has a future with the Thunder. I see him as the No. 10 man. A guy who can provide defense and energy. And if his offense improves, so does his playing time. Best of all, he comes cheap.

2. How much upside does Liggins have?

Mayberry: Probably more than we think. Liggins averaged 3.6 points on 48 percent shooting and 2.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.6 steals in games he played at least 10 minutes. He only had 10 of those games and averaged only 17.5 minutes in those contests. Those numbers aren't great but they're not bad by any means. Also, keep in mind Liggins is nothing more than a glue guy whenever he's on the floor. With steady improvement and ample opportunity, I don't see why Liggins couldn't be a guy who on any given night gets you 10 points, six rebounds or four assists.

Rohde: He showed in his start against Portland he has tremendous upside, but has also disappeared at times. Strive for consistency.


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