Will DeAndre Liggins Find And Keep An NBA Roster Spot?

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Reigning D-League Defensive Player of the Year DeAndre Liggins has shown the ability to play among the world's top talent. Yet, can the soon-to-be 27-year-old finally remain in the league?

Through three seasons, DeAndre Liggins has appeared in 127 professional basketball games - 70 of those in the D-League and 57 more while in the NBA. During these years, he has been a part of five different teams between the two leagues, traveling from city to city, donning different jerseys in different colors.

Last September, the guard was charged with multiple felonies. He allegedly struck his girlfriend, Jasmine Horton and was charged with "three counts of domestic abuse, two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of kidnapping and one count of violating a protective order." Now, however, he and Horton are reportedly contemplating marriage.

He is also seeking to get his professional career back on track.

Following the controversial incident, he was released by the Thunder after spending one year between Oklahoma City and their affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers. But after just two months on the market, Liggins was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

And he found success.

Liggins was thrusted into the starting lineup immediately, playing both guard and the small forward positions. In his first 15 games, he had scored 20 or more points six times and had recorded multiple double-doubles and a triple-double. By the time February came around, he was named as a D-League All-Star. Just three weeks later, he found himself in the NBA again - with the two-time defending champions.


Though Liggins rarely played while with Miami, it didn't matter much at the time. He had made it back.

The 6-6 shooting guard continued to tear up the D-League, leading the Skyforce to the four-seed in the playoffs with an impressive record of 31-19. Individually, Liggins impressed on the floor and finished the season averaging 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.6 steals, on his way to winning D-League Defensive Player of the Year - an award that regularly goes to big men.

Now that he appears to be back on track and has showcased his skills, he's on the path to finding and keeping an NBA roster spot. Most recently, Liggins participated in the Nets' Free Agent Mini-Camp. As Lenn Robbins, Brooklyn's in-house beat reports, the team is searching for their "Diamond in the Rough."

Could that be Liggins? That remains to be seen.

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