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Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC will be thinking long term with this NBA Draft

For the third straight year, the Thunder isn't banking on the draft to bring a player that will help next year. It's likely the eventual picks won't even play. Now more than ever, the Thunder is in position to layer its roster and move closer toward sustained success.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 23, 2013

The 2013 NBA Draft is this week, and once again nobody has a clue what the Oklahoma City Thunder will do come Thursday night.

Armed with the 12th, 29th and 32nd selections, though, the Thunder will be at the center of the action.

“We'll be open-minded about everything,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti.

But for the third straight year, the Thunder isn't banking on the draft to bring a player that will help next year. It's likely the eventual picks won't even play. The mother of Syracuse point guard prospect Michael Carter-Williams, according to WEEI.com, said the team made it clear to her son that whoever is selected will play in the NBA D-League next season.

For the Thunder, this year's draft is about the future. Now more than ever, the Thunder is in position to layer its roster and move closer toward sustained success.

This year's lottery pick, the Thunder's first since Cole Aldrich in 2010, will join a promising group of young guns that includes Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III. Together, they form a formidable supporting cast designed to complement Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka for the foreseeable future.

In addition to this year's three selections, Oklahoma City also owns a future first-round pick from Dallas, which, like this year's 12th selection, was acquired in the trade that sent James Harden to Houston.

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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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