NBA Draft: Expect Oklahoma City Thunder to think trade Thursday night

With three of the top 32 selections in the NBA Draft, it appears inevitable that the Thunder will be at the center of trade discussions throughout the night.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: June 27, 2013

Think trade Thursday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder certainly will be.

With three of the top 32 selections in the NBA Draft, it appears inevitable that the Thunder will be at the center of trade discussions throughout the night.

In the Sam Presti era, the Thunder franchise has entered the draft with three picks on two other occasions. Neither time did the team use all three selections. In both years, 2007 and 2010, Presti traded up.

That could be the route the Thunder takes again, continuing what surely is only a circumstantial three-year cycle.

Multiple outlets in the days leading up to the draft reported that the Thunder were pushing to move up, possibly even for the top overall pick currently held by Cleveland. Much of the speculation is likely smoke and mirrors, as is typically the case in the final hours. Teams begin shopping their selections, trying desperately to sell them by floating scenarios with the hope of making their draft positions seem coveted and therefore more attractive.

But given the Thunder's numerous assets and its all-too familiar needs, there are plenty of reasons to believe Oklahoma City will again be active and aggressive.

Then there is Presti's history at the helm.

In each of his first four drafts, from 2007 to 2010, Presti put together packages to move up. Never has Presti traded back or out. He's always used the draft to move into better positions or stay put and select the player he feels fits best, regardless of where a player is projected.

It's not far-fetched to think Presti will stand pat again and take the best player available with the 12th overall selection. But that leaves the Thunder with the 29th and 32nd picks.

If the Thunder holds still, the team is widely believed to take an international player at either 29 or 32 and allow him to continue to develop overseas. But that would leave one other selection to figure out.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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