Feb 16, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kelly Olynyk (13) during the first half against the San Francisco Dons at War Memorial Gym. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Mock Draft Round-up: Who the OKC Thunder are taking in the lottery


Every Sunday from now until the NBA Draft, which is Thursday, June 27, we will take a look around the web at all of the respected NBA mock drafts to see who everyone has the Oklahoma City Thunder taking.

As a refresher, the Thunder have the 12th overall pick via the Toronto Raptors, and their own 29th overall pick in the first round.

ESPN’s Chad Ford
12. Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
29. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece

Draft Express
12. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
29. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece

NBADraft.net
12. Dennis Schroeder, Germany
29. DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State

NBA.com
12. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
29. Alex Abrines, Spain

CBS Sports
12. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga; C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
29. DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State; Dennis Schroeder, Germany

Just about everyone thinks the Thunder will take a big man with their first pick. This makes sense because they could definitely stand to improve their depth there and will eventually need someone to replace Kendrick Perkins. All of these mocks have players like Alex Len and Cody Zeller off the board before the Thunder can pick.

With their second first round pick, everyone has the Thunder taking someone they can stash overseas for a few years. The Thunder have done this before with Serge Ibaka and Tibor Pleiss and it makes sense unless someone falls into their laps like how Perry Jones did last year.

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  • Fulkcrow

    I have a hard time believing that the Thunder (Sam Presti) enjoy the situation they are in. You have an efficient scorer in Kevin Martin that publicly states he would like to stay. However any picks you acquire through the draft will place you further from being able to secure Martin.

    Best case, if they feel that Kevin Martin will accept a $3.5 – $4 Million dollar/ contract, would be to grab Rudy Golbert, Giannis Adetokunbo, or Dario Saric. The Thunder could then allow either of the above mentioned international players to continue to develop abroad. This would allow Jeremy Lamb to develop with Kevin Martin as the fall back for the next year or two.

    Personally I hope the Thunder trade the pick away, get a future pick (or more) in exchange. Right now we have to many assets, to close to the lux. tax, and have to little game minutes to share (ignoring D-League). The late first round pick could be used on Glen Rice or Dario Saric if not already grabbed.

    The early second round pick would likely add to the 12 pick deal in order to get multiple picks next season (or starting in 2015). We need to grab a new PG a year before Reggie Jackson’s contract is up. At his current rate of progress he will outperform the average NBA backup PG in 2014. So after this season that should be the focus within the draft.

    The bench scorer in the future will be tied to Jeremy Lamb. Either he gets it or he is traded and someone else fills the roll.

    Side note if Reggie Jackson is following Russell down the path of an up-tempo PG then the thunder lack the ability to change offense tone. James Harden at-least allowed us to play a seductive offense that seemed slower but had all the elements of an up-tempo offense.

    But then again what do I know. I’m only taking Sam Presti at his word when he states there is no interest in Amnesty.