Outside the walls of Thunder headquarters, Tuesday night might have been viewed as a disappointment.
But inside the organization, landing the 12th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft was seen as a luxury.
Oklahoma City, which won 60 games, will select one spot behind a Philadelphia 76ers team that won only 34 games and one spot ahead of a Dallas Mavericks squad that finished 41-41.
No other 50-win team is slated to have a pick in the top 22 selections of the June 27th NBA Draft.
That's the perspective the Thunder's decision-makers maintained Tuesday.
Fans, on the other hand, might have criticized the pick's placement solely because it was part of the compensation the Thunder received in exchange for James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward
The Thunder acquired the pick from Houston as part of a package. The Rockets also traded two additional draft picks, as well as Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb to the Thunder.
The pick originally belonged to Toronto but was traded to Houston in a previous deal.
Oklahoma City will now go into the draft armed with the 12th overall selection, the 29th pick and the 32nd pick, a selection originally owned by Charlotte but also acquired in the deal for Harden.
The Thunder received the pick this year because Toronto did not move into the top three of the draft. Had the Raptors garnered a top-three selection, the pick would have stayed with them and been deferred to next year, with certain qualifiers.
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.