The Thunder is filling its 15th and final roster spot with the signing of shooting guard Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract, The Oklahoman has learned.
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Williams – a 27-year-old 6-foot-6 wing – was averaging 20.8 points on 38.7 percent 3-point shooting, 5.5 rebound and 4.9 assists per game with the Tulsa 66ers, Oklahoma City’s D-League affiliate.
Previously, he spent four years in the NBA, two each with the Charlotte Bobcats and Golden State Warriors. He earned recognition by making 37.1 percent of his 3-point attempts, but he’s also a more versatile offensive player than credited for. He’s also made 52.2 percent of his 2-point attempts and is a decent passer.
Defensively, though, Williams has always struggled. If he gets on the court with the Thunder, he’ll need someone to protect him. Serge Ibaka, come on down.
The Rockets brought Williams to training camp and cut him before the season, and there’s a reason he didn’t begin the year in the NBA. But if the Thunder’s strong team defense can hide Williams, he has a shot to contribute in a minor role.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
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