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OKC Thunder: Three reasons the Thunder is adding Sebastian Telfair

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 3, 2014

The Thunder has agreed to a one-year, minimum contract with Sebastian Telfair, a 6-foot point guard and nine-year NBA veteran who played last season in China. Here are three reasons why the Thunder is bringing in the 29-year-old former lottery pick.

Depth. The departure of Derek Fisher has left a need for a third point guard. The Thunder historically has preferred veterans in that role, whether for leadership purposes or to have a trustworthy and steady hand to call on in emergency situations. Telfair will backup starter Russell Westbrook and sixth man Reggie Jackson. Unless Jackson is named the starting shooting guard, Telfair doesn’t figure to play much as the third-string point guard. But the Thunder wanted to add some insurance in case another guard might be needed at some point.

Experience. Telfair has played for seven teams over the course of his nine NBA seasons. He’s averaged 21.6 minutes over 548 career games. And he’s still in his prime, which is a luxury for a team relying on Telfair to be only a third-stringer. Unlike a rookie, Telfair can likely be counted on to produce at the most critical position in the league whenever called upon. Even when he’s not playing in games, he’s pushing Westbrook and Jackson in practices and perhaps is capable of offering advice on the sidelines.

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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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