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Kendrick Perkins takes two big men for the Thunder in his 'mock draft'

by Anthony Slater Modified: June 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm •  Published: June 27, 2013
Kendrick Perkins played the role of Sam Presti for an ESPN article. / Photo by Chris Landsberger
Kendrick Perkins played the role of Sam Presti for an ESPN article. / Photo by Chris Landsberger

Restless Thunder fans have directed plenty of frustration toward Kendrick Perkins the center over the past few months.

Maybe they’ll like Kendrick Perkins the general manager a bit better.

OKC’s much-maligned big man took part in ESPN the magazine’s player-only mock draft, where someone from each team is asked to make a first-round selection for their squad.

And at the 12th pick, Perkins selected Gonzaga center/power forward Kelly Olynyk for the Thunder.

His explanation: “The first I check? Tenacity. And I can see the fire in him. I can see the determination in him to win. But it really starts with what we need. And we need a stretch 4 who can hit that corner 3. He’ll create openings and space for Russ and KD.”

After that, at 29, with a potential backup already in the fold, you’d figure Perkins would want to help strengthen the backcourt. Nope. Perkins either really likes internal competition or, like a vocal group of fans, really thinks his useful days in the NBA are nearing a close.

Sam Presti Jr. (er…Kendrick Perkins) went with Cole Aldrich Jr. (er…Kansas center Jeff Withey) with the 29th pick.

His explanation: “I’ve been thinking about this one, and I have to take the nice center out of Kansas, Jeff Withey. The way our coaching staff develops our young guys, I think he’d be a great fit, particularly because he’s so defensive-minded. And he finishes really well around the rim, too. Every year, he’s improved. I have to go with him.”

If you have ESPN insider, you can see the whole thing here.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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