People never know exactly what’s going to happen in the NBA Draft. Take last year for instance when it was supposed to be an uneventful night for the Oklahoma City Thunder, only to be anything but as Perry Jones kept getting passed and passed until he fell into the lap of the Thunder.
This coming draft, the Thunder will have three picks, including the 12th overall. There’s been a lot of talk about what the Thunder might do with this pick and who they might take.
The consensus is pretty much that the Thunder will go with a big man here as they plan for the future in replacing Kendrick Perkins.
Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report says that Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga would be the best, realistic prospect for the Thunder at this pick.
Fromal believes Nerlens Noel, Alex Len and Steven Adams will be off the board by the 12th pick leaving the Thunder to decide between big men like Olynyk, Cody Zeller, Rudy Gobert, Mason Plumlee and Gorgui Dieng.
Olynyk had a great season at Gonzaga last year as one of the most efficient players in the entire nation. He averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 62.9 percent from the field.
That immediately makes him sound like an upgrade offensively over Perkins, which is no hard task.
We know though that to gain playing time under Scott Brooks, you need to be able to produce on the defensive end, an area where Olynyk will have to work on upon entering the league.
You can still make the argument that perhaps Zeller has more upside than Olynyk. Zeller tested through the roof during the draft combine, although that doesn’t always mean everything.
The Thunder could also potentially see the likes of C.J. McCollum or Shabazz Muhammad slip to them at No. 12 and elect to go the route of two-guard.
Odds are though that the Thunder will go with a big man here.