CATCHING UP WITH DWIGHT BUYCKS

Dwight Buycks is currently in his first season with the Tulsa 66ers. The 6-3/190 guard out of Marquette was drafted by Tulsa in the second round (22nd pick) of the 2011 NBA D-League Draft on Nov. 3.

Through the first five games of the season, Buycks has come off the bench to average 13.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.2 minutes. Tulsa66ers.com caught up with the rookie point guard for a quick Q&A.

On how the season is going thus far:
“So far this season, it has been a learning process. This is my first time playing in the D-League so it is all something new to me. We have been doing a lot of traveling and playing the game that we all really love. I think we have grown as a team since training camp. On these road trips, we have gotten stronger and developed trust in one another. I have been playing the point guard spot, playing after (Jerome) Dyson, who is a great player and has really established himself here. I have been learning from him a lot these first few weeks. I am concentrating on doing everything I can for the team to trust in me when I am on the floor.”

On the team’s early success, going 4-2 in the opening six games:
“We have bought into defense. Everyone has to play a role and do exactly what they are supposed to do on the defensive end in order to be successful. We are learning to focus in on personnel and keying in to our scouting reports. There are a lot of terrific scorers in this league. It can’t be just one person playing hard defensively—it has to be the whole team. Defense is what is going to win us games and we are trying to be the tougher team on the court night in and night out.”

On areas of his game he wants to improve on the most:
“I want to continue working on touching up my shot. One dribble pull-ups, coming off the screens, shooting immediately, going to the basket and finishing stronger to the basket, all of that. And always, get better on defense.”

On what his focus is when he enters the game:
“I am trying to bring that defensive edge first and foremost. I want to get after the other team’s point guard. Pick them up, make them uncomfortable bringing the ball up the court. I want to give our team a boost on offense by getting everyone involved. I want to find the bigs down low, because we have some great post players that can really finish.”

On the importance of sharing the basketball on the offensive end of the floor:
“It is really big. Against Austin Saturday night, we had 24 assists. The night before, we only had 10. That is a big difference. We can see that. When a team gets 24 assists, that means everyone is being unselfish and sharing the basketball. Looking for that extra pass makes a difference. There are shots we all could have taken, but we made the extra pass to get that perfect shot. We were all looking for our teammates to score, and that usually will win you ball games.”