The Oklahoma City Thunder have the best record in the NBA right now but they will also more than likely have a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
They acquired the Toronto Raptors’ first round draft pick as part of the James Harden trade and it looks like that pick will be somewhere in the top 10 (it is a top 3 protected pick).
The 2013 Draft Class isn’t on the same level as last year’s draft class but there will be a lot of players available in the lottery that could help out the Thunder a lot.
Part of the reason Thunder GM Sam Presti pulled the trigger and traded Harden was to have options in the future and be able to acquire young talent like they will be able to with the Toronto pick.
OKC could be in the market to add another big man or could be looking for an athletic wing/stretch four to add to its rotation.
The Thunder aren’t exactly a team that has given it’s young players much playing time the past few seasons as we’ve seen this season with Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III playing more for the Tulsa 66ers than OKC.
Nevertheless, here is a look at a few players who might fall to the Thunder in the 2013 NBA Draft:
Alex Len, Maryland, C
Len is a player that has shot up most experts’ draft boards recently. He was originally slated behind center Cody Zeller by most but now could be taken ahead of him. He is a skilled offensive player that is pretty athletic for his position at 7-foot-1, 225 pounds. He needs to add strength once he gets to the league though.
Alex Poythress, Kentucky, F
Poythress is part of John Calipari’s freshman class over at Kentucky and the player with the most NBA-ready body of just about anyone in college. He is 6-foot-7, 215 pounds and immediately jumps off the screen when he moves on the court. He has a little Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in his game and would be a nice addition as an extra wing who can run the floor and defend for the Thunder.
Isaiah Austin, Baylor, F-C
The Thunder already drafted a big man from Baylor this past draft in Jones III and they may be in position to do so again this year. Austin is extremely skilled for his size at 7-foot, 215 pounds. He needs to gain a lot of weight to bang inside in the NBA. He already has very good shot blocking instincts and runs the floor great too.