Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: OKC draftees have reasons to be flattered

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.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: June 29, 2013
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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.”

TEENAGE MOMENT

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.



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