Because the Thunder will receive the pick this year, it presents the team an opportunity to add to an elite core that includes Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. More than that, the Thunder is now in position to bring in another young player to join promising prospects Reggie Jackson, Lamb and Perry Jones.
Lamb was selected with the 12th overall pick last year. Other recent selections at No. 12 include Alec Burks, former Putnam City High Xavier Henry, Gerald Henderson, Jason Thompson and Thaddeus Young.
ESPN.com's mock draft projects the Thunder to use the 12th pick on Steven Adams, a 7-foot center out of Pittsburgh. Other options could include Indiana center Cody Zeller, UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad and Duke power forward Mason Plumlee.
Whichever direction the Thunder decides to go, the team is guaranteed to add cheap labor that will walk into a pressure-free situation where he can develop into a contributor. The 12th overall pick earns roughly $2 million, which is a relatively inexpensive amount for a team that must pay top dollar for Durant and Westbrook.