For Scotty Hopson, Oklahoma City’s 10-day offer not only gave the forward his first call-up in nearly three years, but also made a decade of dreams come true.
After playing three seasons in Tennessee, including averaging 17.0 points as a junior, Hopson didn’t hear his name called in the 2011 NBA Draft. Despite that, he kept pushing. In pursuit of an NBA breakthrough, the 32-year-old has played for 15 different franchises in eight different countries, all over a 10-year span.
However, even with the striker’s impressive play in top leagues such as EuroLeague, La Liga ACB and in his last stint, the NBA CV of the NBL – Hopson slated for last week consisted of three appearances, 15 minutes in total and zero land. goals.
His story of perseverance took a big step forward on Wednesday night.
In an appearance with the Thunder, Hopson netted his first pair of NBA baskets, closing his season debut with four points, a rebound and an assist in 18 minutes.
Since Hopson is the oldest member on the roster, the likelihood of the former volunteer getting a second 10-day or longer contract with the Thunder is minimal. But, one thing is certain, the veteran’s persistence should leave a positive impression on the 30 organizations.