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OKC Thunder: Wilkins came up hard way

By Mike Baldwin Modified: October 18, 2008 at 11:18 pm •  Published: October 18, 2008
The more I watch tape and study the game, the better player I will be.”

One glaring deficiency on Oklahoma City’s roster is a bona fide 3-point threat. Last season, Wilkins finished second on the team with 50 3-pointers. Durant figures to be the Thunder’s top 3-point option, but Wilkins will be one of the team’s top 3-point threats.

"Long balls weren’t something I was good at coming into the NBA,” Wilkins said. "I was fortunate to play with Ray Allen, who helped me improve my 3-point shooting. Kevin is a great shooter. Jeff has gotten better. Russell will get better. Earl (Watson) is a good shooter. We have guys who can do a number of things offensively.”

One of the older players on the roster, Wilkins, 28, played four seasons at Georgia. The past three seasons in Seattle, he appeared in all but six games, averaging more than 22 minutes. He’s had big games, highlighted by a 41-point outing last season against Atlanta.

"He came into the league with the reputation of being a way-above average defender, a slasher, but not a great shooter,” said Carlesimo. "But he’s become a better shooter... When he gets good looks, he’s capable of knocking down shots. He can be a good perimeter shooter. The question with all our guys is consistency.”


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