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OKC Thunder: Opinions vary on quality of Thunder draftees

Oklahoma City selected three 19-year-olds and one 21-year old underclassmen, none of whom is expected to contribute immediately on a team figured to once again challenge for the NBA crown next season.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: June 28, 2013

“We think he's a unique player,” Presti said of the 21-year-old junior out of Colorado. “He guards a lot of different positions. We feel like he has a lot of tools to work with physically. Another thing we really like about him is he's got tremendous endurance and persistence on the floor with activity. We feel that's an attribute. … He's going to have to find his way, just like Steven and the other guys that we've drafted in the past.”

Thunder vice president/assistant general manager Troy Weaver described the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Abrines as “one of the best, most talented, young players in all of Europe. He's 19 years old and just a gifted basketball player. (He) can do a lot of things with the ball, a natural feel for the game for a young age.”

The 6-foot-10, 232-pound Jerrett left Arizona after his freshman season during which he only started two of 34 games and averaged 5.2 points in 17.8 minutes.

“This guy can really shoot the ball,” Weaver said of the 19-year-old Jerrett. “He shot 40 percent (.405) from 3(-point range) in college, which rarely happens for a 6-10 kid. We like his tools and his skill set.”

Eight 7-footers were drafted in the first round and half the field in Orlando will have 7-foot rookie first-rounders.

In addition to Adams, also competing will be Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel, Boston's Kelly Olynyk, Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee and Utah's Rudy Gobert.

“Coming into the program you're going to have to understand there's going to be a learning curve for everybody,” Presti said. “That's been the case across the board. One of the things about our team that we always have to keep in mind is that the core group is really still evolving and growing.”

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