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OKC Thunder: Will the Thunder keep Diante Garrett as Russell Westbrook insurance?

Garrett, who played for the struggling Phoenix Suns last season, has been impressive in Oklahoma City's training camp.
by Anthony Slater Modified: October 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm •  Published: October 16, 2013

/articleid/3894282/1/pictures/2241441">Photo - OKC’s Diante Garrett, center, goes to the basket between Denver’s Damion James, left, and Darrell Arthur during NBA preseason action on Tuesday. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OKC’s Diante Garrett, center, goes to the basket between Denver’s Damion James, left, and Darrell Arthur during NBA preseason action on Tuesday. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Until at least early December, the Thunder need point guard help. Some Russell Westbrook insurance.

Scott Brooks recently said the team would “consider” bringing in a veteran from the outside. But he also hinted at the possibility of keeping Garrett, who was one of the team's most impressive players in a recent intrasquad scrimmage at Westmoore High School, splashing in four of his five 3-pointers.

 “I think Diante has done a great job of stepping in and making his impact felt,” Brooks said. “He's done a pretty good job. We still have to make decisions with our roster.”

Besides that well-known shooting ability, which he showcased in college (17.8 points per game, All-Big 12 Second Team honors in 2011), Garrett has also shown impressive court awareness, dishing out six assists in 26 preseason minutes, including a pretty 30-foot bounce pass through traffic against Denver on Tuesday night.

Garrett might make the roster. He might get cut by the weekend. Such is life for an undrafted fringe guy.

 But in a few weeks in OKC, he has certainly made an impression.

 “He's impressed everybody here with the way he handles the ball, the way he passes and his vision, how he reads plays,” Kevin Durant said. “He's done a great job for us.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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