Feb 18, 2013: Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Pittsburgh Panthers center Steven Adams (13) finishes a dunk against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second half at Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Pugliese-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Mock Draft Round-up: OKC Thunder most likely thinking big man in lottery

Update: Steven Adams is working out with the Thunder.

Not a lot has changed in the past week in the various NBA mock drafts around the Internet.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, who will be picking 12th and 29th overall in the first round, are most likely going to take a big man in the lottery according to many of these mocks.

The thought process behind the Thunder going with a big man is that they will eventually need a replacement for Kendrick Perkins when his deal is up. Aside from that, the Thunder may look to draft a player that they can stow away overseas for a few seasons.

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

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

12. Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
29. Reggie Bullock, North Carolina

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

CBS Sports
12. C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
29. Dennis Schroeder, Germany

CBS Sports is the only mock that has the Thunder going non-big with their first pick. McCollum would be a great fit and there has been some talk that the Thunder would like to take him to help replace Kevin Martin if he is available.

There’s a lot of love for Adams too. Adams was very impressive at the draft combine in particular shooting the midrange jumper. His stock has been rising ever since and he is a great athlete too which would make him a good fit with OKC.

Only NBADraft.net has the Thunder taking a non-international player with the 29th pick. The Thunder essentially stow away players in the D-League these days now too so they don’t have to necessarily draft an international player if they’re looking for someone who may not be playing right away.

With four picks in this draft, the Thunder will more than likely be looking to make some trades. They definitely don’t need four more rookies on the roster next season.

Tags: NBA Draft 2013 Oklahoma City Thunder

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