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.”