NORMAN — Oklahoma City hasn’t been the busiest place during the NBA free agency period. However, it may have been among the pickiest.
The Thunder officially signed free agent guard Anthony Morrow to a contract Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound shooting guard fills a need the team has been searching for the last few years — a great 3-point shooter.
“Anthony Morrow has demonstrated that he is among the most consistent and efficient 3-point shooters in the NBA over his career, and we are pleased to welcome him to Oklahoma City and the Thunder organization,” Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said. “With his body of work, we feel Anthony is a unique addition to a diverse roster, while also possessing the toughness and selflessness that we are consistently seeking in Thunder players.”
The Thunder have not released the terms of Morrow’s contract, per team policy.
Morrow shot 45.1 percent from 3-point range last season, which was fourth in the NBA. He also averaged 8.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 18.8 minutes in a career-high 76 games with New Orleans.
Oklahoma City had only one player last season who shot better than 40 percent from behind the 3-point arc, Caron Butler, at 44 percent. Kevin Durant was next at 39 percent. As a team, the Thunder never topped 40 percent from 3-point range in any month.
Morrow could help the team’s numbers improve. An undrafted rookie out of Georgia Tech, he shot an NBA-best 46.7 percent during the 2008-09 season , becoming the first rookie in NBA history to lead the league in 3-point field goal percentage.
The six-year NBA veteran owns career averages of 10.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting from 3-point range (third highest amongst active NBA players), 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 23.7 minutes in 373 games (129 starts) with Golden State, New Jersey, Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans.
Morrow will compete with Jeremy Lamb, Andre Roberson and possibly Reggie Jackson for the starting off-guard spot.