Three of the Thunder's draft picks were introduced during a news conference Saturday at the team's old practice facility and each has a reason to be flattered.
Center Steven Adams was chosen at No. 12, which made him a lottery pick (top 14) OKC's first selection in Thursday night's NBA Draft.
The Thunder moved up three places to obtain forward Andre Roberson from Golden State in exchange for the No. 29 pick and undisclosed cash considerations.
Shooting guard Alex Abrines, who did not attend Saturday's introduction, was selected at No. 32 and will continue to play pro ball in Spain next season.
Perhaps power forward Grant Jerrett should be the most flattered. The Thunder was out of picks and paid undisclosed cash considerations for Jerrett after Portland selected him at No. 40.
“The draft is so much about opportunities,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “When you have a group of people who you've identified as potential pick with your organization, you have to be opportunistic. We feel like we knew him (Jerrett) well.”
Jerrett is a 6-foot-10, 232-pound power forward who excels offensively from the outside, shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range.
However, Jerrett said his game was not heavily influenced by players at the stretch-4 position such as Dirk Nowitzki.
“I always watched guys like Tim Duncan,” Jerrett said.
If Jerrett makes the OKC roster, he'll become teammates with the league's ultimate stretch-4 in Kevin Durant.
“You don't expect to play with these guys when you're watching them on TV,” Jerrett said. “You're just watching and learning what they do. It would be an honor to play with these guys.”
CHANGE OF PLANS
Jerrett never had time to contemplate playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, who selected him at No. 40.
Jerrett watched the draft from his couch at home and was informed by his agent he was headed to the Thunder, which had bought his rights from the Blazers.
“At first I was confused,” Jerrett said, “but my agent (Brian Dyke) called me and told me what happened.”
Jerrett, who will turn 20 years old on July 8 while competing in the Orlando Pro Summer League, was one of three 19-year-olds selected by OKC.
“It's great,” Jerrett said of joining a young OKC team that kiddingly has been referred to as Thunder U since its inception. “I feel like I'm back at the U of A (Arizona). This place has the feel of a college town. The community support here is just unreal. They've done so well on and off the court. I saw the (practice) facility — unreal.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Adams will wear jersey No. 12. At Pittsburgh he wore No. 13, which was available with the Thunder, but Adams chose No. 12 because he was the 12th pick in Thursday's draft.
Roberson will wear No. 21, the same number he wore at Colorado.
Jerrett will wear No. 47. At Arizona he wore No. 33, which is occupied by center Daniel Orton.