He has played his best basketball the past two weeks after the Thunder acquired Thabo Sefolosha in a trade. Sefolosha, who plays the same position, replaced Weaver in the starting lineup. Both have started recently due to injuries.
"Some of it is coincidence because some of our guys have gone down, so I’ve been getting more minutes, more opportunities,” Weaver said. "Thabo is a team player. I think we’ve been playing well off each other.”
Besides playing more minutes, Weaver said watching film has paid dividends.
"It’s helped me with small things like when to be aggressive or I missed someone who was open,” Weaver said. "Defensively, it’s things like beating my guy to a spot or knowing the guys I’m guarding strengths.”
Early in the season, Weaver didn’t play in 25 games. Fast forward to the past month, and Weaver has secured a spot as part of the Thunder’s future. Even if his role is a reserve, Weaver can provide valuable minutes off the bench or start when injuries occur.
"Kyle is improving just like our team is improving,” Brooks said. "The way he improved early on was to work with our coaches after practice. Practices were his games. With more minutes under his belt he’s more comfortable. He’s playing well.”