It was a rough weekend for current Kentucky basketball players, but one former Wildcat had maybe his best game as an NBA player just last night. DeAndre Liggins, who has been waiting for a big game for the last year and a quarter, got the start last night for the reigning Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder, and certainly went about making the most of it.
Not only did start, but Liggins played a team-high 40 minutes against the Blazers, nearly picking up a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Only Durant and Westbrook had a higher+/- effect on the game for the Thunder, and neither by much.
DeAndre hit all three of his 3-point attempts, and finished 4-6 overall, which is a much better percentage than fellow young guys Russell Westbrook (5-21) and Damian Lillard (3-14). He also had two assists, one steal, and three turnovers. Hopefully this is the start of a long career with the promising Thunder for Liggins, who deserves a shot like this one. He built a lot of trust last night; if he continues to do well, expect to see a lot more of him.
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