The Oklahoma City Thunder has recalled forward D.J. White from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.
White was rather studly for the 66ers, averaging 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in almost 38 minutes a game. I guess Sam Presti saw all he needed to see from White in Tulsa, and the numbers pretty much back that up.
I know that for these last 12 games I’d try and and get White at least 10-15 minutes a game. Malik Rose (likely) won’t be here next season so someone is going to have to fill the role of solid big guy off the bench. Nick Collison does a fantastic job with it right now, but it never hurts to have two of those especially since White has a little more skill and offensive ability. The Thunder bench is a relavtively obvious weakness to this team and White should shore that up a bit.
The major problem the OKC bench has is that there’s nobody on the pine to put the ball in the bucket. Collison is a glue guy that does little things. Kyle Weaver can knock down a jumper but he’s not going to give you much more than eight points or so in 20 minutes. Chucky Atkins can miss an open three with the best of them. And let us not speak of Earl Watson right now. I love the thought of having a physical big man that can come in grab some rebounds, knock down a 15-footer and score the ball.
Hope you enjoyed T-Town D.J., because hopefully you’re in OKC for a while.