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Thompson has connected on at least one 3-pointer in each of the last eight games. He’s 85-for-220 (38.6 percent) from 3-point territory this season. In 2013-14 as a rookie, he was 67-for-167 (40.1 percent). Having one discernible skill will potentially keep you in the NBA for a long time. “I know having the ability to shoot the ball well is very important and I take a lot of pride in my shooting,” Thompson said. “I work on it all the time. For me, it’s very important to work on everything, especially my defense. The coaches stress being a complete player. I know I have to rebound, pass, run the court … everything. Ultimately, my shooting is important and I know that. I want to do everything well.”
“He thinks all the time,” said head coach Brett Brown. “Sometimes it helps him, sometimes it gets the better of him. But he is a cerebral player, no doubt, about a lot of things really. He’s got more going on than just basketball. He’s always inquisitive about things that we like to challenge our locker room with, things going on in the world. I like sharing that part of just being a team, where you can talk about different things than basketball, and he’s always amongst the leaders in having an opinion. … He’s a great team guy. High intellect, high character, and those are always qualities you want.”
The shapes and angles take life when Hollis Thompson views the court. Instead of a ball and a hoop he sees basketball with an analytical eye, one which allows him to view the game from a mathematical perspective. “I’ve always been kind of a numbers guy,” he told Basketball Insiders. “I’m good with numbers, sometimes fascinated by them. I just like numbers, I kind of turn everything into a numbers game.” Growing up, Thompson was a straight-A student with a 4.2 GPA at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. Math and science classes captured his attention. “All that type of weird algorithms stuff, I was into that,” he said. “I was honestly a pretty big nerd… I just liked to learn.”
The Thunder announced Saturday they have waived non-guaranteed players Andy Rautins, Daniel Orton and Hollis Thompson, meaning Liggins won the final roster spot. If the three players aren’t signed by another NBA team, it’s likely they will join the Tulsa 66ers and remain part of the Thunder organization. Liggins came into camp as a longshot, seen mostly as a guy to just fill out the preseason roster. But he obviously won over Scott Brooks, playing extremely hard, doing little things, hustling everywhere and making plays. He earned that 15th spot. Liggins not only played well enough to win the spot, but he’s even opened the door for thoughts to if he could be a contributor down the line.
The amount of quality undrafted prospects isn’t enough to make up a whole third round — something your’s truly has thought about in the past — but there were quite a few players that should get looks at next month’s Summer Leagues in Vegas and Orlando. Among them? West Virginia Mountaineers forward Kevin Jones, New Mexico Lobos forward Drew Gordon, Iona Gaels point guard Scott Machado, Maryland Terrapins guard Terrell Stoglin, Georgetown Hoyas bigs Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims, Tu Holloway of Xavier, Northwestern’s John Shurna and Mississippi State big man Renardo Sidney.