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BY JENNIFER PALMER Published: February 8, 2009
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Basketball is in Kyle Weaver’s DNA. The 6-foot 6-inch guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team comes from an athletic family. His dad broke records as a high school player, and his sister also plays basketball.

It’s a good thing, because the first hoop to jump through to become a professional basketball player is God-given: height.

"Somebody who is 5’10” has a lot more hurdles to overcome than someone who is 6-10,” said Brian Facchini, a spokesman for the Thunder.

Weaver’s been honing his basketball skills since he was a toddler.

"I had a hoop in my house as soon as I could walk,” he said. As a child, he played every chance he got, from community leagues to 3-on-3 games in the street.

Each game he played as a student at Beloit Memorial High School in Wisconsin, then Washington State University, got him one step closer to the NBA.

Last summer, he was chosen as a second-round draft pick to play for the Charlotte Bobcats.

"It was a beautiful feeling,” he said.

After the summer league, Weaver was traded to the Thunder.


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Professional Basketball


Education: Thunder player Kyle Weaver graduated from Washington State University; the league doesn’t have any educational requirements.


Annual salary: Weaver will make just over $800,000 this season; the average player rakes in $4 million per season, according to the National Basketball Players Association.


Necessary traits: Athletic ability to excel at playing basketball.

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