Some of the names you know. Most of them you probably don't.
There are seven new players on the Thunder's roster this preseason.
Four of them won't make the team.
But on Tuesday night, in the preseason home opener, fans will get their first look at this year's version of the Thunder — and the new faces are getting substantial playing time thus far.
Meet Perry Jones III, Hasheem Thabeet, Daniel Orton, Hollis Thompson, DeAndre Liggins, Andy Rautins and Walker Russell Jr.
“The new guys are all NBA players,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “As you go through a training camp, everybody knows you have to cut (the roster) down to 15 guys eventually. But all the guys we have on our team in this camp are definitely NBA caliber players. All of them.”
Here's a closer look at the strengths and weaknesses of all seven, as well as a look at what else is new with the Thunder this season.
PERRY JONES III
Last played: Baylor
2011-12 stats: 13.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 30.7 mpg.
Claim to fame: Slipping to the Thunder at No. 28 in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Has a skill: He's an elite athlete, and that allows him to run the floor and finish with consistency in transition.
Needs to drill: If he can develop his perimeter shooting and defense, Jones could become the type of versatile power forward that is starting to pop up on more and more NBA teams.
What they're saying: “He tries to do it all. He can dribble a little. He can (isolate), post up, pick and pop. There's not really much he can't do.” — Reggie Jackson.
Last played: Portland
2011-12 stats: 1.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.5 bpg, 7.7 mpg.
Claim to fame: Two-time Defensive Player of the Year at UConn.
Has a skill: Thabeet was the best shot blocker in college and still has the instincts to make an impact as a rim protector.
Needs to drill: Man-to-man defense in the post has never been Thabeet's strong suit. His lack of strength causes him to lose his position frequently and get knocked to the floor. But, at 26, it's asking a lot from Thabeet to develop that aspect of his game at this point in his career.
What they're saying: “For a guy 7-3, you don't normally say athletic. But he's pretty athletic. He gets up and down the court. He can move pretty good.” — Scott Brooks.
Last played: Orlando
2011-12 stats: 2.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 11.7 mpg.
Claim to fame: Once shattered a backboard in high school.
Has a skill: Rebounding might be Orton's biggest strength. But he's also a hard-nosed player who isn't afraid of contact on either end and can use his imposing frame to clog up the paint on defense.
Needs to drill: Footwork. Orton has the tools to be a classic back-to-the-basket center, but he must first polish his offensive game. That starts with going back to the basics and working on the fundamentals.
What they're saying: “He has a good feel for the game. He has a good sense of where to be. He's an offensive rebounder. He gets us extra possessions with his tap outs. And he has some toughness.” — Scott Brooks.
Position: Small forward
Last played: Georgetown
2011-12 stats: 12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 31.1 mpg.
Claim to fame: Ranked sixth in the Big East in field-goal percentage last year and second in 3-point percentage.
Has a skill: Thompson is an excellent 3-point shooter who has textbook form. He's most deadly when his feet are set and can be a spot-up shooter.
Needs to drill: Defense. It's becoming clear that the Thunder isn't interested in playing offensive specialists who are liabilities on the other end. If Thompson wants to truly make an impact, he'll have to learn how to contain wing players at the NBA level.
What they're saying: “Very good shooter. Runs the floor very well. Very athletic. He's a real good young player.” — Daequan Cook.
Position: Shooting guard
Last played: Orlando
2011-12 stats: 1.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.3 apg, 6.8 mpg.
Claim to fame: Defense and toughness.
Has a skill: Liggins is walking proof that playing with heart can indeed be a skill. He hustles every second he's on the court and doesn't mind doing the dirty work to help his team win.
Needs to drill: Perimeter shooting. When you see a player hesitate on open 3-pointers, you know there's a problem, whether technical or mental. If Liggins can shore up his shooting, he could develop into a nice role player.
What they're saying: “He plays defense with everything he has. And you love guys that play with their hearts out every possession.” — Scott Brooks.
Position: Shooting guard
Last played: CB Lucentum Alicante (Spain)
2011-12 stats: 7.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 16.0 mpg.
Claim to fame: Sharp-shooting ability at Syracuse.
Has a skill: Rautins is in Daequan Cook territory as a pure shooter. He's the type of player whose skills make the entire arena, home or away, think his shot is going in as soon as it leaves his hands.
Needs to drill: Creating his own shot is not something Rautins will ever be asked to do at the NBA level. But a blueprint for Rautins would be J.J. Redick, who entered the league as an even better shooter than Rautins but carved out a career by expanding his game and venturing inside the 3-point line.
What they're saying: “Every team can use a shooter. That's what I do. That's my craft. I feel like I could help out this team a great deal.” — Andy Rautins.
Walker Russell Jr.
Position: Point guard
College: Jacksonville State
Last played: Detroit
2011-12 stats: 3.0 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 12.8 mpg.
Claim to fame: Son of former NBA player Walker Russell; recorded 19 assists in an NBA D-League game last year.
Has a skill: Russell describes himself as an old-school point guard, the type that makes everybody else better by creating shots for teammates.
Needs to drill: Perimeter shooting is not Russell's strength. He's streaky at best, which could limit his ability to break down defenses if opponents aren't forced to respect his outside shot.
What they're saying: “He definitely defends.” — Russell Westbrook.