When the Houston Rockets waived him just before the start of the regular season, Reggie Williams could have continued his basketball development just about anywhere.
He chose to do it with the Tulsa 66ers.
“It was just a great opportunity,” said Williams, the 6-foot-6 guard who was called up by the Thunder on Thursday on a 10-day contract. “Just the organization and how closely they work with the Thunder, it’s just like a mirror. So those guys giving me a chance to come in and learn their system and help me develop has been great so far.”
Williams became the 31st player this season called up from the NBA D-League. He is the sixth in Thunder history. His addition represents yet another example of how the 66ers, with the Thunder backing them as the parent club, have blossomed into a premier destination for player development.
Last season, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III spent time in Tulsa. Both are rotation players on the Thunder this season, with Jones now serving as a fill-in starter for injured guard Thabo Sefolosha. Reggie Jackson, who has started 30 games for the Thunder this year, got seasoning in Tulsa as well. So did rookie Andre Roberson, who has started four games for the Thunder this season. He has appeared in 17 games as a member of the 66ers.
Other former Thunder players who developed in Tulsa include Shaun Livingston, Byron Mullens, Daniel Orton, D.J. White and Kyle Weaver.
Williams said what makes the 66ers developmental approach special is the organization’s close partnership with the Thunder.