New Thunder Signing DeAndre Liggins Strengthens Defense

The Oklahoma City Thunder's signing of guard DeAndre Liggins is all about defense, according to Welcome To Loud City.

Liggins, a second-round pick of the Orlando Magic in the 2011 NBA Draft, averaged 1.9 points, 0.3 assists, 0.9 rebounds and 0.4 steals in 17 games last season. Most of his minutes (6.8 per game) came in garbage time, so those numbers are too small of a sample size to fully project what Liggins might be capable of with the Thunder next season.

The second-year guard was regarded as a tenacious defender, solid ball handler, and decent catch-and-shoot threat coming out of Kentucky. As a junior during the 2010-11 season, he averaged 8.6 points, 1.2 steals and shot 39.1 percent from behind the arc.

He's often been compared to Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies, which Welcome To Loud City breaks down in detail in this post.

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