Semaj Christon was selected with the 55th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. After a series of trades, he eventually landed with the Thunder. It’s unlikely that Christon will join the Thunder next season. But he’s making his best case this week in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Q: For those of us who didn’t get to see you much in college, can you describe your game to us?
A: Physical guard. Like to get in the paint. Try to kick out most of the time for my players to hit open shots. And (I) can guard, can defend.
Would it be accurate to say that you’re kind of a score-first point guard more than a pass-first point guard?
Nah, if I get in there and I’m open I shoot it. If I’m not, I pass it. You got to play the game. It’s whatever happens. Just play the game.
When the Thunder made the trade to get you, did you have an idea that they were interested in you, or did that catch you by surprise?
I didn’t know anything. My agent ended up calling me right when they were saying my name. I didn’t know. I was just happy my name got called, happy to come to OKC.
Where were you, and what was your reaction?
I was at home. It was crazy. A great experience.
Have they told you what to expect this year and their plans for you?
Nah, not really. Just keep playing. Keep playing every day. Focus on the team. Whatever happens, happens. Be happy where I’m at.
What’s this first summer league NBA experience been like for you? Has it been a whirlwind? Exciting?