When the Thunder acquired Thabo Sefolosha from the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 19, the fourth-year swingman became an immediate fan favorite for his non-stop hustle and suffocating defense. Those two traits have helped define Sefolosha throughout his career that began in his home country of Switzerland, where he began playing for the junior Swiss National Team. Sefolosha, who can speak Italian, French and English, caught the attention of scouts from there, and eventually went on to play in France and Italy before the Philadelphia 76ers selected him with the 13th overall pick of the 2006 draft. Sefolosha’s rights were immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls, for whom he carved a niche as a lengthy, quick, well-rounded player. Sefolosha played parts of three season with the Bulls, helping them to the 2006-07 NBA Playoffs, where Chicago upset the defending league champion Miami Heat in the first round. Sefolosha was brought off the bench upon his arrival in Oklahoma City, but quickly found himself in a starting role. His offense, particularly his jump shot, has continued to develop as the season has gone on. Sefolosha has transitioned smoothly to the Thunder in large part because of his high basketball IQ and his familiarity with new Thunder assistant coach Ron Adams, who also came here from the Bulls.
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