The Oklahoma City Thunder released point guard Walker Russell on Monday after five preseason games, cutting its roster to 18 players. Russell, a 6'0 guard, appeared in just one game for the Thunder this preseason. In six minutes in a 120-98 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Russell scored five points and dished one assist.
The guard out of Rochester, Mich., was attempting to make his second NBA roster, as he appeared in 28 games as a rookie for the Detroit Pistons last season. In those appearances, he averaged three points and two assists in 13 minutes per contest.
Russell also started 16 games last season for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, where he scored 16 points and passed for 10 assists per game. In college at Jacksonville State, he scored 14 points and handed out seven assists in three years of college play.