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Who do the initial mock drafts have the Thunder taking?

by Anthony Slater Modified: May 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013

The NBA Draft is a little more than a month away, quietly creeping up on us while the league’s attention remains on the final four remaining teams.

But for the Thunder and its fans, the annual event could be a vital one, with the franchise holding the 12th, 29th and 32nd pick in the draft.

The lottery order came down Tuesday night and the initial mock drafts soon followed.

Here’s an early look at who the major sites have tentatively penciled in as their prediction for OKC’s draft selections:

From ESPN’s Chad Ford (click the link for full mock draft)

With the 12th pick…

With the 29th pick…

ESPN’s mock draft only extended through the first round (pick 30)

From CBS Sports’ Matt Moore (click the link for full mock draft)

With the 12th pick…

With the 29th pick…

With the 32nd pick…

From CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman

With the 12th pick…

With the 29th pick…

With the 32nd pick…

From Yahoo!’s Steve Alexander (Click for full mock draft)

With the 12th pick…

Kelly Olynyk - Center/Gonzaga
The Thunder could use an eventual replacement for Kendrick Perkins and unlike Perkins, Olynyk appears to be a decent offensive player, averaging nearly 18 points per game at Gonzaga last season. This team needs offensive-minded big men, making Olynyk look like a nearly perfect fit.

With the  29th pick…

Reggie Bullock – Small Forward/North Carolina
Bullock hasn’t really been allowed to fully explore his offensive game, spending much of his time as a spot-up shooter instead of being allowed to create his own shot for the Heels. He’s not a lock for the first round, but is perfectly sized for an NBA wing position and my guess is his stock will rise in workouts. The Thunder still don’t have a suitable backup for Kevin Durant, and don’t really need one, but Bullock is talented and could serve a nice bench player for the Thunder next season.

(Yahoo!’s mock draft ended after the 30th pick)


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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