Oklahoma City Thunder Spotlight: Kyle Weaver

Greg EvansCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2009

Kyle Weaver, shooting guard, was thrust into a starting role after veteran Desmond Mason went down with a knee injury in late January. As a starter, Kyle is averaging 6 points, 2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Kyle Weaver is best known as a defensive specialist. In his senior season, at Washington State, he was named to the First Team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Defensive team, according to collegehoopsnet.com. He was also credited with Washington State's first triple-double.

While Kyle may not be a prolific scorer, he is consistent on defense. He is on his way to being one of the 'lock-down defenders' in the NBA. He can have a long NBA career as a role-player and defensive stopper.

In the coming offseason, the coaching staff needs to work with Kyle in a few areas. He needs to become more confident in his jumpshot. Thunder fans couldn't begin to tell you how many times Kyle has given up a wide open three. Once he learns that he can take that shot, he will become a more well-rounded player.

As with the rest of his Thunder teammates, Kyle needs to work on his ball control.

If he can control the ball when he is driving in the paint, or wherever he might have the ball, then his presence on the court will be even more beneficial.

Depending on how Oklahoma City drafts in the coming years, Kyle may be sent back to the bench, but I argue that is Weaver's greatest strength. I see Kyle becoming a spark off of the Thunder bench. He will be that player who is inserted into the lineup when they need a big stop.

Kyle Weaver has the opportunity to become one of the vital role players that help championship teams become championship teams.