The Main Event: Oklahoma City Thunder's top 5 draft candidates for 2011 NBA Draft

BY JOHN ROHDE, STAFF WRITER, JROHDE@OPUBCO.COM Published: June 20, 2011
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photo - Junior National Select Team's Terrence Jones (8) looks on as World Select Team's Nikola Mirotic, left, of Montenegro, pulls down a rebound in the second half during the Nike Hoop Summit Saturday, April 10, 2010, in in Portland, Ore. The Junior National Select Team defeated the World Select Team 101-97. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Junior National Select Team's Terrence Jones (8) looks on as World Select Team's Nikola Mirotic, left, of Montenegro, pulls down a rebound in the second half during the Nike Hoop Summit Saturday, April 10, 2010, in in Portland, Ore. The Junior National Select Team defeated the World Select Team 101-97. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

THUNDER'S TOP 5 DRAFT CANDIDATES

1. F Nikola Mirotic (Spain), 6-10, 226: Could be the Thunder's draft-and-stash candidate. Plays for Real Madrid (8.1 ppg; 3.8 rpg; 17.0 mpg last season). Great size and length. Can defend No. 3 or 4 position. Good shooter, passer and efficient offensively. Contract with massive buyout clause figures to scare away teams, but not OKC, which is in a position to be patient for his arrival.

2. F Kyle Singler...

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Others on who the Thunder will select with the No. 24 overall pick:

aol.sportingnews.com: F Tobias Harris (Tennessee), 6-8, 226

basketball.about.com: F Davis Bertans (Latvia), 6-10, 211

bleacherreport.com: Harris

cbssports.com: Faried

draftexpress.com: Singler

draftsite.com: F Nikola Vucevic (USC), 6-10, 240

espn.com: Mirotic

hoopshype.com: F Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA), 6-8, 187

hoopsworld.com: Smith

huffingtonpost.com: Harper

insidehoops.com: Harper

mynbadraft.com: C Lucas Nogueira (Brazil), 7-0, 225

nba.com: Vucevic

nbadraft.net: G Nolan Smith (Duke), 6-3, 189

nbadraftdepot.com: Honeycutt

nbadraftinsider.com: Harris

nba-draft.com: Mirotic

realgm.com: G Jordan Hamilton (Texas), 6-9, 228

rotoworld.com: Mirotic

sbnation.com: Mirotic

si.com: Singler

thehoopdoctors.com: Singler

thehoopsreport.com: Mirotic

yahoo.com: Singler

- John Rohde

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