NBA Draft 2013: OKC Thunder looking to make major move for Dario Saric?


The Oklahoma City Thunder came away with the 12th overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft from the lottery last night.

It hasn’t taken long for the millions of mock drafts to come out now with the draft order set.

The Thunder are a team that may look to be on the move according to some experts.

There is increasing chatter among NBA executives that the Thunder — who have two first-round picks and young talent in Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones — will look to make a major move on draft night. If they keep this pick, Saric, a smooth, mobile big man one executive describes as “the best passing big man in the draft,” is a nice find. Saric isn’t the bruising post-up scorer Oklahoma City craves, but he is exactly the kind of high-potential talent GM Sam Presti loves to develop.

Via Chris Mannix/SI.com

It’s no surprise that the Thunder will be looking to do more than just draft a player with this pick. I’ve been saying for awhile now that soon we will hear that the Thunder really like certain players. They’ll have the ability to go after them on draft day and move up a few picks if necessary.

This is the first I’ve heard of the Thunder potentially being interested in Saric, a 19-year old 6-foot-10 small forward from Croatia. But it’s not surprising.

The Thunder are in position right now to get better over a long period of time. They won’t necessarily be looking for a player in the lottery who can immediately come in and help the team.

Saric seems like the type that would be a project. He may not even come over to the NBA right away and if he does for the Thunder, that will likely mean a lot of Tulsa 66ers time for him.

Saric has been described as the European Magic Johnson. If this is true, then I hope the Thunder pick him but it’s hard to believe any comparison with Magic can be true.

Draft night will be an exciting time for the Thunder. With so many options, there’s a lot the Thunder could choose to do.

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  • Dr Swishhh

    …and Andrew Gaze was Australia’s Michael Jordan but he couldn’t crack an NBA rotation….then again, he did help PJ Carlesimo’s career (Seton Hall’s Coach of the Century) and he does have a Championship Ring.


    I heard Sam Presti went Euroup for scouting Dario Saric, Rudy Gobert, Mam Jaiteh and Giannis Atetokounmpo early this year.

    NBA scouts from the Nets, the Blazers and the Clippers will be present, but the most prominent figure in the stands will be Oklahoma City’s general manager, Sam Presti (photo), who is touring Europe this week and after his stops in France for Gobert and Jaiteh and in Serbia for the game between Crvena Zvezda and Dario Saric’s Cibona, he arrived in Greece.