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Oklahoma City Thunder: Alums all over the playoffs

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm •  Published: April 23, 2013

More than a twinge of pride had to soak over the Thunder brass Monday night. Old pal Nazr Mohammed had quite a night. He scored eight points, on 4-of-5 shooting, and had two rebounds as the Bulls bounced the Nets 90-82. Mohammed played 171/2 minutes in spelling the hobbled Joakim Noah. Mohammed spent the last two playoff runs with the Thunder and was a solid backup center, as well as a sage for a young team.

But Mohammed isn’t the only ex-Thunder dotting these playoffs. Roll call:

Jeff Green, Celtics: 26 points and seven rebounds in a Game 1 loss to the Knickerbockers. Green slowly is becoming part of the Boston core.

Chris Wilcox, Celtics: Didn’t play in Game 1 but played 61 games for Boston this season.

D.J. White, Celtics: Didn’t play in Game 1; has played in 12 games after signing with Boston in late February.

Johan Petro, Hawks: The original Thunder center — he started in the Thunder’s debut OKC game — still is hanging around. He’s Atlanta’s backup center and had six points in a Game 1 loss at Indiana.

Daequan Cook, Bulls: The Thunder’s 3-point specialist of the last two seasons now is with Chicago, though he didn’t play in either of the first two games of the Net series.

Nate Robinson, Bulls: Didn’t make an impact during his 2011 stint with the Thunder, but Chicago relies on Robinson as a spark. He had 17 points in Game 1 against Brooklyn and 11 points in Game 2.

James Harden, Rockets: I assume you’ve been keeping up with James.

For die-hard Oklahoma City NBA fans, you can also watch a litany of ex-Hornets who called OKC home: Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith, Knickerbockers; the Birdman, Heat; Brandon Bass, Celtics; David West, Pacers; Chris Paul, Clippers.


by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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