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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

Given the current talent and those attractive assets, there isn't another team that can match the Thunder's present and promising future.

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.

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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