Scott Brooks on the NBA Draft: 'We're going to get a good player'

The Oklahoma City Thunder coach, however, didn't get specific about what will happen Thursday
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: June 24, 2013
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EDMOND — Thunder coach Scott Brooks spoke in general terms about what he expects to happen during Thursday night's NBA Draft.

“I know one thing, we're going to get a good player,” Brooks said Monday before teeing off in the second annual Verplank Foundation Invitational at Oak Tree National, an event hosted by Scott and Kim Verplank that provides college scholarships for young people diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. “It's going to be a player that we can continue to develop and it's going to be a player that we're going to be proud of to represent our team on and off the court.”

When an organization is as tight-lipped as the Thunder — particularly pertaining to the draft — you try to decipher whatever information you can whenever possible.

The Thunder has three draft picks, so what exactly did Brooks mean when he said OKC was going to get “a good player”?

- Does it mean OKC will trade the No. 12, No. 29 and No. 32 picks for a Top-10 pick?

— Will the Thunder keep No. 12 and trade No. 29 and No. 32 for a future pick?

— Will it trade No. 12 and No. 29 for a player/future pick and retain the non-guaranteed second-round pick at No. 32?

— Will OKC keep all three picks, but only expects to get one good player?

Brooks then spoke of the working relationship he has with general manager Sam Presti.

“Sam has done a great job with building this team and he's going to have another great opportunity Thursday night to continue to build our team,” Brooks said. “The good thing about it with Sam and I is we communicate and we understand what works. We want a guy that is very competitive, that plays with toughness, that plays with a defensive mindset, but we want two-way players also.

“We just don't want guys that can't do anything on the offensive end.”



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