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Can OKC Thunder guard Shaun Livingston restart his once-promising career?

Mike Baldwin, The Oklahoman Modified: October 25, 2009 at 9:33 am •  Published: October 25, 2009
After suffering one of the most devastating knee injuries in NBA history, Shaun Livingston understandably had doubts.

“Of course,” Livingston said. “I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't (concerned). A lot was going on. You're getting tested. Blood tests. All type of stuff. But ultimately, once I consulted with doctors, and started my rehab, I was determined to be back.”.

Livingston made the Miami Heat's opening day roster last season. But it was a brief stay..

This time, he has a much better chance to make an opening day roster and stick with the Thunder..

After more than two years of rehab, a stint with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League and a late-season audition in Oklahoma City, Livingston said another round of intensive workouts this summer has his knee at 95 percent..

“My explosiveness is through the roof compared to where it was in the D-League when I first signed,” Livingston said. “I'm definitely a lot stronger. This summer, I went out to L.A. and hit it really hard. I feel good.”.

The big question is, how close is Livingston to returning to the player he was, when he was drafted No. 4 overall?.

Ready: More than two years removed from a devastating knee injury, Livingston showed in a late-season audition he's healthy enough that a 2.38 career turnover-to-assist ratio would be an asset as the Thunder's back-up point guard.

The former No. 4 overall pick, Livingston, 6-foot-6, can post up smaller point guards. He averaged 3.1 rebounds and nearly 1.0 steal a game before the injury.

... or not:Even before Livingston suffered a severe knee injury, he was hampered by injuries.

In his three seasons with the Clippers, Livingston missed about as many games (111) as he played (145).

Livingston also must improve his perimeter shooting. He made only six career 3-pointers and shot 44.0 percent with Los Angeles.


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