Former Kentucky Wildcat and current 2nd year NBA player DeAndre Liggins is hoping that this year can be better than last year was. Liggins was drafted by the Orlando Magic last season but started in the D-League and only ended up playing in 17 games for the Orlando Magic last year, averaging 1.9 points, 0.9 rebounds, in 6.8 minutes per game played. As you may recall, Liggins was an essential player on the Final Four team two years ago at Kentucky, but then decided to leave for the NBA Draft after his junior season. Liggins was drafted in the second round with the 53rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Oklahoman asked DeAndre Liggins in a recent interview about recently signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being released by the Orlando Magic at the beginning of the offseason.
Orlando decided not to bring me back. OKC called my agent and said they liked me, liked the way I played and they were going to bring me down here and work me out. I worked out for a week. Two weeks later, I came back and I’ve been here since.
Liggins was always known as a shut down defender when he was a Wildcat as Coach Cal would always put him on the opposing team’s best player and he would take that player completely out of the game, both mentally and statistically. Liggins believes that hard work on defense is the reason he is an NBA player today.
That’s why I’m in the league, because of my defense. I’m trying to become an improved jumper-shooter and a better ball-handler.
When asked about the type of organization he thinks the Oklahoma City Thunder is, Liggins confirmed the thought that most people assume about the Thunder. With all of the recent success the Thunder have had, Liggins gets a chance to play for a winning team in only his second year in the league.
First class. Not to say Orlando wasn’t first class. I mean, everybody has their differences. First class meaning everybody gets treated the same way, no matter if you’re DeAndre Liggins, Russell (Westbrook) or Kevin Durant. Everybody gets treated the same way. Everybody’s accountable. That’s what I like about this organization.
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