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Thunder basketball: A Thunder star waiting in wings?

BY Darnell Mayberry Published: March 23, 2009

/> Listed at 6-foot-9, White dominated against 6-foot-11 D-Fenders center Gabriel Hughes and 7-foot center Earl Barron, using his 7-foot wingspan to make up for what he lacks in height.

"He just knows how to play the game,” said 66ers coach Paul Woolpert. "A lot of things that aren’t taught, timing and instinct, are two things that he has that make him a (darn) good basketball player.”

Offensively, White creates match-up problems with his ability to consistently hit 17-footers and execute the pick-and-roll. He also has versatility that enables him to take larger, less-athletic defenders off the dribble on one possession while turning his back to the basket and scoring from the low post on the next.

White, whose jaw is expected to be swollen for a few more months, likely will soon be recalled and make his Thunder debut before the team finishes its final 12 games. The goal now, however, simply is to get White as much playing time as possible.

"Obviously, my goal is to go back up,” White said. "That’s my lifelong dream is to play in an NBA game. Whenever they’re ready for me, I’m ready. But as long as I’m down here I’m going to try to keep playing hard and try to get better.”