The Oklahoma City Thunder will have three draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Their first one is the 12th overall pick and in what has been described as a pretty weak draft class, the idea of trading that pick may make sense.
Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman has proposed the idea of dealing with the Atlanta Hawks and sending them the No. 12 pick in exchange for the 17th and 18th overall picks.
The idea behind making this if you’re the Thunder is you double your chances in landing a solid player. There are never any guarantees in drafting someone in the middle of the first round.
Thinking this way to make this trade would almost be having less confidence in your ability to draft talent if you are Thunder GM Sam Presti. It’s hard to imagine him having that mindset, unless he just really has a few players he likes that he knows he can get at 17 and 18 and isn’t in love with anyone who will be available at 12.
I feel like Presti will eventually find someone that the Thunder can draft in the lottery that he really likes and believes can contribute right away. The Thunder and Presti have a really good track record in the draft and bringing in two or more rookies to this team doesn’t seem necessary as the Thunder roster is already pretty deep with quality talent.
I think there will be a better chance of Presti packaging the 12th pick and one or both of the Thunder’s other picks to move up a few spots and pick a player like Cody Zeller or Steven Adams.
The draft is less than two weeks away now, June 27.