Thunder drafts its own ‘Mr. October'

by Berry Tramel Published: June 23, 2011

Presti shot down that theory: “We love Eric Maynor. He's a big part of our team. Probably a bigger part of our team that people realize.”

Does drafting Jackson mean Presti thinks he's got another diamond from the coal patch? Some of the descriptions of Jackson sound a little Westbrookish. Long arms, athletic. Maybe Presti thinks he's found a defensive stopper, though he thought that when he drafted Westbrook and instead stumbled upon an all-star point guard.

Who knows? Including Presti. The truth about this draft is that, at least in Thunderville, no one was too excited to start with, so no one should be too disappointed with Jackson.

Hey, maybe the guy eventually will get a candy bar named for him, but it's hard to see how Jackson can crack the rotation in 2011-12. Westbrook and Maynor at the point; Harden and Thabo Sefolosha on the wing. Daequan Cook waiting for 3-point calls, provided he re-signs.

That's five guards ahead of Jackson. Plus Royal Ivey and Nate Robinson under contract for next season. Barring a trade, Jackson figures to see quite a bit of Tulsa next winter.

But that's what happens when you have a contending team with a returning roster. No room in the inn. So you draft somebody you like and see what happens.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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