We are officially under a week away from watching the Thunder play basketball. With only six days until the start of the season, we will take a look at Semaj Christon who wears #6 for Oklahoma City.
Semaj Christon was born in 1992 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He spent his entire childhood there and played high school basketball at Winton Woods and Brewster Academy. He led his team to a championship 32-1 record as a senior at Brewster.
He committed to Xavier and spent two years playing college basketball there before entering the draft. Christon was successful at Xavier scoring over 1,000 points during his two years. He also led the team in scoring and steals during his time there.
Christon was selected by the Miami Heat with the 55th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Shortly after being selected his draft rights were traded to Charlotte, and then finally to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was able to play with the Thunder during the 2014 summer league. After playing in summer league Semaj played for the Oklahoma City Blue. He bounced around from a team in Italy back to the Thunder for summer league.
Finally, a year ago his hard work paid off when he earned a roster spot with the Oklahoma City Thunder as a back up point guard. He didn’t play a whole lot of minutes last year, but he did have enough time to make an impact on a few games. His career high was 11 points that came in a loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Christon had his ups and downs last season. There were times when he looked like a solid back up point guard, and times where he didn’t look like he belonged on the court. His minutes will be further decreased this year with Raymond Felton being added to the roster. Semaj will have to earn his playing time with the few minutes he does receive per game. However, it’s unlikely he will be sent back to the Oklahoma City Blue. It’s safe to say Semaj has earned his spot on the roster.
Article written by Craig Hofeld. Follow @TheThunders on Twitter and Instagram.