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NBA Draft: OKC Thunder gets 12th overall pick

The pick, acquired from Toronto through Houston, came in the James Harden trade.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 21, 2013

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.

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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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