That's the beauty of this year's draft for the Thunder.
It's a luxury to have a lottery pick.
Oklahoma City, for example, won 26 more games than Philadelphia but is selecting only one spot behind the Sixers. Rarely does that happen.
Even in a draft that is short on star players, the Thunder will walk into Thursday night in great position to add to its stable of talent.
In addition to Carter-Williams, options with the 12th pick could include Gonzaga forward/center Kelly Olynyk, Pittsburgh center Steven Adams, Indiana, forward/center Cody Zeller and UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad.
Best of all for the Thunder is this draft also will be a chance to add cheap labor, players who can develop while being relatively inexpensive or not costing the Thunder a thing if they sign overseas.
The picks might not pay off next season.
But in time, the players the Thunder come away with Thursday night could be critical to the team in the win-loss column.