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OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant excited about team's signing of Nazr Mohammed

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 30, 2011

“He's a veteran big that's been there,” Durant said of Mohammed. “It's easy for us to just keep getting young guys and rookies, but to keep a veteran that knows what it takes is going to really help us.”

Mohammed averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 57.3 percent in 24 games with the Thunder following a midseason trade from Charlotte last season. He saw less playing time in the playoffs, however, going from 17.9 minutes in the regular season to 10.6 minutes in the postseason, and his averages dipped to 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in the playoffs.

As for his newest teammate, Durant raved about Reggie Jackson after meeting the 24th overall pick and working out with him for the first time Wednesday.

“I was very impressed with him; how quick and how long and athletic he is,” Durant said.

Durant immediately felt the smothering effects of Jackson's reported 7-foot wingspan.

“We played one-one and he was guarding me. He kind of spaced me a little bit but still was up into me as a defender. That's rare,” said Durant, whose jump shot is hardly ever tightly contested coming from his lanky 6-9 frame. “His arms are very long and he's very athletic. He covers ground quick.

“Most guys coming into this league go 100 miles an hour, especially guards. But he has a great pace to his game and I think he's going to help us out.”

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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