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What will the OKC Thunder do with its first-round pick?

NBA Draft: Here are five potential draft targets for the Thunder at No. 28.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 26, 2012

Comparison: Brandon Bass.


College: Washington

Position: Point guard/shooting guard

Height: 6-6

Weight: 205

2011-12 stats: 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 3.8 tpg.

Strengths: Wroten's gifts start with his size, which is incredible for his position. He can see over the defense and, with time, will be able to muscle opponents from all spots on the court. He plays with a pace that belies his youth (he just turned 19 in April) and is a great slasher when he puts the ball on the floor. Wroten has superb court vision and knows how to set up teammates. He's also an above-average rebounder for his position and isn't afraid to battle with bigger players.

Weaknesses: He's a lefty who struggles with going to his right hand. From there, he has a tendency to make poor decisions. He's extremely turnover-prone, and he's not a good shooter at all. He'll have to improve on each of those traits before being able to run an NBA team.

Comparison: Tyreke Evans


College: Kentucky

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 6-5

Weight: 200

2011-12 stats: 13.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.7 tpg.

Strengths: A knockdown, lights-out shooter who shot 46.6 percent on 3s this year, Lamb possesses shooting skills that could help him contribute as a specialists right away. He's billed as a combo guard who has the ability to play the lead guard spot as well. But he's a scorer first and second and, maybe, a passer third. The efficiency with which he scores, however, makes up for his shortcomings as a set-up man. He connected on at least 47 percent of his shots from the field in both of his seasons at Kentucky while doing a great job of limiting his turnovers (just 1.1 per game as a sophomore).

Weaknesses: He doesn't create much offense for himself, and he certainly won't at the NBA level against more athletic defenders. His ballhandling skills need to improve as well. He might not be able to play the point guard position. Lamb also lacks explosiveness, which could prevent him from finishing at the rim, and strength, which could cause him to get pushed around on defense.

Comparison: Jason Terry.


College: Vanderbilt

Position: Small forward

Height: 6-7

Weight: 215

2011-12 stats: 16.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg.

Strengths: Taylor is an elite athlete who possesses a 40-inch vertical. His athleticism makes him especially dangerous in transition, where he excels at finishing the break with great efficiency. It also is seen in his ability to attack the rim and finish with rim-rocking dunks or with finesse using either hand. Taylor's size is a tremendous asset as well, allowing him to defend multiple positions and shoot over smaller defenders. He has a great mix of perimeter shooting (42.3 percent from 3-point range) and tenacity on defense that could make him an ideal role player.

Weaknesses: His efficiency plummets when forced to create offense off the dribble. His struggles stem from below average ballhandling skills, which need to improve if he has aspirations on being anything more than serviceable. The biggest knock on Taylor, though, is his drive. He has a history of inconsistency, and it's led to questions about how good he wants to be. Couple that with the fact he's 23 and a four-year college player and there are justifiable questions about how much upside he still has.

Comparison: Richard Jefferson.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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