Royce Young of ESPN reported on Friday afternoon the Thunder have interest in the No. 11 pick in the 2013 Draft. Michael Carter-Williams is a target for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Not a shooter, nor is he a really good defender, Carter-Williams can provide a back-up role that Semaj Christon maybe could not. Christon became a liability in the playoffs and struggled so much, Russell Westbrook eventually played 40-plus minutes in the playoffs. Not a good idea for a player who goes 100 mph at a time.

Carter-Williams, 25, has hopped around the league a bit after finally being traded out of Philadelphia. He’s played with two different teams the last two seasons, in Milwaukee and in Chicago last season.

With the Bulls, Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games and only averaged 6.6 points per game, a career low, on 18.8 points per game, also a career low. His shooting percentages in Chicago were career lows across the board and in comparing per-36 minute numbers, Carter-Williams is a border line NBA player at best.

(per-36 stats)

Player A: 12.6 points on 36.6 percent from the field and 23.4 percent from three-point range.

Player B: 8.2 points on 41.1 percent from the field and 18.9 percent from three.

Player A is Carter-Williams and Player B is Kyle Singler. There isn’t a lot separating the two.

However, compared to Christon, Carter-Williams is a much needed upgrade and probably at a really cheap price.

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