Early this week, Oklahoma City surprised a lot of people and awarded a three-year, partially non-guaranteed contract to Keith Hollis Thompson. Thompson was just a junior at Georgetown University, former university of former Thunder player Jeff Green. Thompson went undrafted in this year’s NBA Draft, largely in part due to groin injury.
Thompson is out of Los Angeles, CA, a place that has become a home-away-from home for a few Thunder players. He was given the nickname “Hollywood.” Being from LA and being in the national’s capital, Thompson learned quickly that they are really different.
“They laugh and call me ‘Hollywood,’ but it is a big difference coming from L.A. to Washington, D.C., especially to a place like Georgetown,” Thompson said. “I didn’t think there was a difference, but when I got here I learned there is a big difference.”
He has that West Coast swagger that James Harden and Russell Westbrook carry on this team, so he’ll fit in just fine when it comes to how he dresses. Also should fit in just in just fine since this is considered a “college” atmosphere.
Thompson is known as a perimeter shooter. He finished the season second on the team in scoring with 12.8 points per game and third on the team with 5.5 rebounds per game. He hit a team-high 58 three-point field goals and led the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 43.0 percent of his shots. Thompson was an All-BIG EAST honorable mention selection this season.
In 99 career games at Georgetown, Thompson averaged 8.7 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor. The 6-foot-8 sharp-shooter is the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 44.0 percent of his shots (128-of-291). His 128 three-pointers ranks 12th all-time at GU.
Thompson fell out of the draft due to a groin injury that plagued him most of the second half of this past season. General Manager Sam Presti said Thompson would be out three to four weeks with a groin injury. Which is the reason why he did not play in this past week’s summer league games.