Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder has a history of finding steals late in the first round

Armed with two selections in the bottom third of the first round of the NBA Draft, can the Thunder again come away with another steal?
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 23, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) shoots a lay up in between San Antonio's Tiago Splitter (22) , Manu Ginobili (20) and San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson (15) shoots a lay up in between San Antonio's Tiago Splitter (22) , Manu Ginobili (20) and San Antonio's Patty Mills (8) during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

It’s all guesswork at this point.

In addition to those prospects, the Thunder could have its pick of players such as Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier, Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis, Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Duke’s Rodney Hood.

But should history hold the Thunder is likely to find some type of gem. Many teams have found players in the 20s, and every year quality players seem to slip.

Last year it was Gorgui Dieng (21), Mason Plumlee (22) and Tim Hardaway, Jr. (24).

In 2012, Jared Sullinger fell to 21 and Miles Plumlee dropped to 26.

In 2011, Kenneth Faried was taken 22nd.

In 2010, Quinicy Pondexter, Jordan Crawford and Greivis Vasquez went back-to-back-to-back at 26, 27 and 28.

The list goes on and on.

Taj Gibson was selected 26th in 2009, Nicolas Batum went 25th in 2008, Aaron Brooks, Arron Afflalo and Tiago Splitter went back-to-back-to-back at 26, 27 and 28 in 2007, Rajon Rondo (21) and Kyle Lowry (24) were late first-rounders in 2006.

Tony Parker was selected 28th in 2001.

There’s plenty of evidence that proves there is still great value in the back of the first round.

The talent is there every year. Now it’s simply a matter of what the Thunder wants.

And whether OKC can do it again.


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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