May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Michael Carter-Williams is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: OKC Thunder interview Michael Carter-Williams, Otto Porter, C.J. McCollum


The season ended for the Oklahoma City Thunder last night but we can already start looking forward to what will be an eventful and interesting NBA Draft for OKC.

The Thunder own Toronto’s first round draft pick that will likely be towards the end of the lottery.

The NBA Draft combine started today and teams have started meeting with players and conducting interviews.

The Thunder have reportedly interviewed Michael Carter-Williams, Otto Porter and C.J. McCollum thus far.

All three of those players are projected lottery picks that have a good chance to get picked before No. 12, where the Thunder will most likely be selecting.

Keep in mind too that the Thunder have a lot of assets they could use to move up a few spots in the draft if they really want to go after someone hard. So all three of these players are real possibilities for OKC.

A lot of mock drafts have the Thunder taking a big man with their first pick, whether that is Alex Len, Cody Zeller or Gorgui Dieng. The thought behind that is they will need to replace Kendrick Perkins eventually and many believe Perkins is a strong candidate to get the amnesty axe this offseason.

The future of Kevin Martin with the Thunder is pretty uncertain as well and there is a very good chance he has played his last game with the team. So replacing him by picking another wing player could be a route the Thunder choose as well.

The Thunder do have Jeremy Lamb on the roster coming into his second season. But the Thunder didn’t actually pick him in last year’s draft and he hardly played this season so they may not be sold much on him.

Carter-Williams seems like a player the Thunder won’t really need. They already have two point guards in Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson. Carter-Williams is a big point who doesn’t have an outside shot and will likely struggle against quicker guards when he gets to the NBA. In a sense, he is more of a true point than either Westbrook or Jackson and could be used playing alongside all of them when the Thunder go small.

Carter-Williams is currently No. 9 on Chad Ford’s Big Board.

Porter fits the mold as an all-around three who may be able to play some four at the next level. There is a good chance he will end up going in the top five though, much higher than where the Thunder could move up.

McCollum battled an injury in his last season at Lehigh but his stock has been rising of late as the news gets around that he is 100 percent. He is a scoring guard who can shoot and could fill that role off the bench for the Thunder. OKC hardly plays rookies anymore though so it’s hard to imagine a player like that having an impact anytime soon with the Thunder.

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