A second tier list of players is beginning to emerge, however, and if the Sonics stand pat at four it's likely they will select from that group. It includes, USC guard O.J. Mayo, Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless, Stanford center Brook Lopez, Indiana guard Eric Gordon and UCLA forward Kevin Love.
The Sonics' two biggest needs position needs are at point guard and center and the team could also use another consistent scorer alongside Durant. Of the aforementioned players, Mayo, Bayless, Gordon and Lopez would be the most likely candidates at No. 4. At least one of those prospects is likely to be selected third by Minnesota. Draftexpress.com currently has the Sonics selecting Bayless with the fourth pick.
"You've got some guys after (Beasley and Rose) that have the potential to be that good but have a little more intrigue or more holes to fill,” said NBADraft.net President Aran Smith. "Guys like O.J. Mayo, some teams really like him. Guys like Bayless. There's a number of guys that are young and have a lot of potential. The potential is there. Whether they can live up to all the hype and become that great a player we'll have to see.”
The Sonics also own the Phoenix Suns' first-round pick, the 24th overall selection, and have four picks in the second round.
Notable players who have been selected at No. 4 are Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Lamar Odom, Antawn Jamison, Stephon Marbury, Rasheed Wallace, Jamal Mashburn, Chuck Person, Glen Rice and Byron Scott. Notables at No. 24 include Delonte West, Andrei Kirilenko, Derek Fisher, Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell, Rick Fox and Arvydas Sabonis and Terry Porter.
"We have to continue to do our work and make the best decision that we can,” Presti said.