Although Ibaka was the unquestioned steal of that year's draft, others became great value picks as well. The next three selections following Ibaka were Nicolas Batum, George Hill and Darrell Arthur. All four could have and perhaps should have been selected in the top 20, if not the top 15.
In 2007, Aaron Brooks became the biggest get late when he was taken 26th overall. But Wilson Chandler (23rd), Rudy Fernandez (24th), Arron Afflalo (27th) and Tiago Splitter (28th) have since become key contributors, too.
In 2006, Rajon Rondo was taken 21st overall, and Kyle Lowry was selected 24th.
In 2005, New York snagged David Lee at No. 30. In 2004, Kevin Martin went 26th.
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins in 2003 was taken with the 27th pick and immediately was followed by Leandro Barbosa and Josh Howard.
In 2001, Gerald Wallace was the 25th pick, Samuel Dalembert went 26th and a teenage point guard from France named Tony Parker was taken 28th.
Mock drafts on DraftExpress.com and SI.com project the Thunder to select Duke forward Kyle Singler at 24. ESPN.com predicts the Thunder will take Serbian forward Nikola Mirotic. NBADraft.net has the Thunder taking Boston College guard Reggie Jackson.
Who knows at this point if any of them can play at the highest level let alone pan out into a steal?
But the Thunder is in a great position to add one to the program and find out.