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Our spirit lives on

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Although the SuperSonics are not currently playing in Seattle, the hoops dynasty of the city lives on. There are many players around the league who have some ties to the Emerald City and its surrounding area, be it that they were born here, played high school or college ball here, or were a member of the Sonics before the team relocated. Here are all of the local ties around the league:

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Guard Avery Bradley was born in Tacoma, WA.
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Assistant coach Paul Westphal is a former Sonics player (1980-1981) and head coach (1998-2000).
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Forward D.J. White was technically drafted by Seattle, although the team relocated before he played a game in green and gold. Marvin Williams was born in Bremerton. Assistant coach Patrick Ewing played one season with the Sonics. Assistant coach Bob Weiss played for the Sonics in 1967-68 and was an assistant coach for the team from 1994-2005 and head coach for 30 games in 2005-06. Assistant coach Stephen Silas is the son of former Sonic Paul Silas, who played for the team from 1977-1980.
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Newly-signed guard Aaron Brooks is from Seattle and attended Franklin High School. Assistant coach Adrian Griffin was on the Sonics roster from February to August of 2008, but never played a game for the team.
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While not currently on the roster, center Alexander Kaun was drafted by the Sonics in 2008, and his rights were subsequently traded to the Cavaliers, who still hold them to this day. He was the last draft pick in Sonics history.
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Point guard Nate Robinson and guard/forward Marcus Williams were born in Seattle. Robinson attended Rainier Beach High School and the University of Washington. Williams attended Roosevelt High School.
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Guard Justin Holiday attended the University of Washington from 2007-2011.
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Guard Jason Terry was born in Seattle and attended Franklin High School. Draft pick Nick Johnson is the nephew of Sonics legend Dennis Johnson. Assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff is the son of Bernie Bickerstaff, who coached the Sonics from 1985-1990.
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Guard Rodney Stuckey was born in Seattle. Assistant coach Nate McMillan played his entire career for the Sonics from 1986-1999 and coached the team from 2000-2005.
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Draft pick C.J. Wilcox attended the University of Washington, as did newly signed center Spencer Hawes, who was born in Seattle, just like guard Jamal Crawford. They also have a new owner who spent his prominent years in Seattle.
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Guard Quincy Pondexter attended the University of Washington.
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Assistant coach Bob Bender was the coach of the Washington Huskies from 1993-2002.
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Draft pick Zach LaVine was born in Renton and attended Bothell High School.
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Assistant coach Fred Vinson played 8 games for the Sonics in the 1999-2000 season.
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Assistant coach Rasheed Hazzard is the son of Walt Hazzard, who played for the Sonics from 1967-1968 and was the team's first All-Star.
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Point guards Luke Ridnour and Peyton Siva both have Seattle ties. Siva was born in Seattle. Ridnour went to high school in Blaine, WA and played for the Sonics from 2003-2008.
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Guard Tony Wroten was born in Renton, WA and attended Garfield High school in Seattle as well as the University of Washington.
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The Suns recently signed point guard Isaiah Thomas, who was born in Seattle and attended the University of Washington.
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Head coach Terry Stotts was an assistant for the Sonics from 1992-1998.
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Forward Reggie Evans played for the Sonics from 2002-2006.
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Assistant coach Chad Forcier was born in Rainier, WA and attended Seattle Pacific University.
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Guard/Forward Terrence Ross attended the University of Washington.
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Head coach Quin Snyder was born in Moses Lake, WA.
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Guard/Forward Martell Webster was born in Edmonds, WA and attended Seattle Preparatory High School.