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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant gives a thumbs up to Thunder draft

It might have been underwhelming to most, but Durant is among those who supports the draft the Thunder had Thursday night.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 28, 2013
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL: Kevin Durant speaks with the media after practice for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Thunder will play the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of their second-round NBA playoff series on Monday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: Kevin Durant speaks with the media after practice for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Thunder will play the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of their second-round NBA playoff series on Monday. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It might have been underwhelming to most, but Kevin Durant is among those who supports the draft the Thunder had Thursday night.

“I'm glad we picked up some good guys, some young guys that's going to help us out,” Durant told The Oklahoman. “Hopefully, they play.”

That seems to be the point of contention. Most figure the four players OKC walked away with won't.

The Thunder selected Pittsburgh center Steven Adams with the 12th overall pick, traded up three spots to take Colorado forward Andre Roberson at No. 26, plucked Alex Abrines out of Spain with the 32nd selection and acquired Grant Jerrett, originally the 40th pick out of Arizona by Portland.

“I think people are disappointed more because they don't know the names,” Durant said. “If you don't know the names of course you're going to be a little disappointed. But no matter what, we got a rookie and he's going to be new to the game. It's not like any rookie is going to come in and have an immediate impact, especially on our team with a bunch of young guys that already have their spots solidified.”

Durant admitted he isn't familiar with Adams or Roberson. But he said he expects them to fit in.

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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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