The future: Oklahoma City's core players

Darnell Mayberry Published: June 29, 2009
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OKC’s core players
Kevin Durant, SF

→The No. 2 overall pick in 2007 is the face of the franchise.


Jeff Green, SF

→The No. 5 overall pick in 2007 is now one of the most underrated players in the league.

Russell Westbrook, PG

→He was picked fourth overall in 2008 and could be a star with a little fine tuning.

Nenad Krstic, C

→Signed as a free agent in December 2008, he’s revived his NBA career.

James Harden, SG

→Picked No. 3 overall in 2009, he could turn the "Big Three” into the "Big Four.”

Shaun Livingston, PG

→Signed in midseason last year as a low-risk, high-reward point guard. Could be a gem if he can completely recover from a career-threatening knee injury.

D.J. White, PF

→Picked 29th overall in 2008 but missed most of the season because of a jaw injury.

Kyle Weaver, SG

→A second-round pick in 2008. He’s shown versatility and a commitment to contributing in any way possible.

Serge Ibaka, PF

→The 24th overall pick in 2008 is super athletic and could be the shot-blocker OKC lacks.

B.J. Mullens, C

→A project center acquired via the 25th pick in 2009. He has a long way to go, but the Thunder is high on him.

DeVon Hardin, PF

→The 50th overall pick in 2008 was nearly traded but could prove he belongs this summer.

Robert Vaden, SG

→Another project who was picked in the second round in 2009. But he fills a need with 3-point shooting.