Lu Dort is a prime example for Aaron Wiggins of OKC
The Thunder are hoping for gold on another two-way player.
After the enormous success of Lu Dort, second round pick Aaron Wiggins hopes he can follow a similar path and earn a guaranteed NBA contract with Oklahoma City by squeezing the juice off the bench.
Wiggins was a great source of energy during Summer League action, and he made the most of his limited minutes in OKC’s first preseason game.
Not calling his number until the fourth quarter, Wiggins had an instant impact adding 12 points on 4 of 5 shots.
Wiggins was a perfect 3-of-3 3-point shot, and he also added a steal and assist in his 7:19 action.
As he continues to develop his game beyond the midrange exploits that have served him so well in Maryland, Wiggins has a great role model for Dort to follow to learn every day.
Turning out to be more than just a defender, Dort made steady progress last year on the attacking side of the pitch. In the absence of point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dort improved his 3-point shooting percentage by almost five percentage points last year.
The Canadiens’ improved shot continued to be on full display in the pre-season opener against Charlotte. Dort finished the night with 11 points on a 4 of 9 shot, fueled by Dort shooting 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.
Dort started from a more fragile position than Wiggins, arriving at the Thunder as an undrafted free agent before making their way into a room to help build for the future.
The defensive star said he spoke with Wiggins about the opportunity he had in his bilateral deal in Oklahoma City.
“I just told him to be patient,” Dort said. “It’s not going to come right away, it’s going to take time.
“But he’s going to get the opportunity and when he gets the chance, just to show it and show that he can play.”
Meanwhile, Wiggins can cement himself with the Thunder by continuing to work hard every day and bringing the same energy to the bench. Despite his improved ranking within the squad, Dort’s approach has remained the same and he continues to work as hard as ever.
“The first game was pretty much the same,” Dort said. “For me it’s always playing hard. Bring intensity to both ends of the floor.
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