Draft Day is less than a week away in the NBA world and, at the very least, this year’s version promises to be an active one in Thunder land.
OKC holds three picks (the 12th, 29th and 32nd) heading into Thursday’s festivities. Who should they take? Should Sam Presti swing a trade? We asked all that and more to our Thunder writers. See what they had to say:
1. If all the expected players are there at 12, who should the Thunder take?
Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) - Let the record show that I’m terrified of being on the record with this answer. Every player projected to be available at 12 has bust potential. Reluctantly voicing my opinion on who the pick should be could reflect really, really poorly on me in five years. I don’t envy the task Sam Presti has on his plate. With that said, Michael Carter-Williams would be my pick if he’s available. I don’t trust any of the big men, and the Thunder is likely to need a new backup point guard sooner rather than later to replace Reggie Jackson.
John Rohde (beat writer) - If you actually know who’ll be available, please tell me. The top 12 could include 15-20 possibilities. If Gorgui Dieng is available, the Thunder should take him, unless Cody Zeller is available, unless Steven Adams is available, unless Alex Len is available, unless C.J. McCollum is available …
Berry Tramel (columnist) - I like Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng. He’s a big man with some skills. I don’t think he can help immediately, but that’s OK. The Thunder doesn’t need immediate interior help. It needs help in the future.
Anthony Slater (sports blogger) - I’ve always preferred the ‘best available’ draft strategy. Take the best talent, with the highest upside, regardless of position, and figure the rest out later. Everyone (understandably) expects the Thunder to go big at 12. But I’m not sold on any of the guys that’ll be there. Maybe snag a talent like Michael Carter-Williams or C.J. McCollum if they fall, or even San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin (it could be the school, but I see a little Kawhi Leonard in him). Then nab a guy like Jermaine O’Neal in free agency to temporarily relieve the interior issues.
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