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.