Will the 2013 NBA Draft starting in less than 72 hours, all eyes are on the front office in Oklahoma City to see what the Thunder will do in this year’s draft.
From what reports have told us, Sam Presti has held workouts with French prospect Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Gorgui Dieng from Louisville, Marquette’s Vander Blue, Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk, Detroit guard Ray McCallum, Duke’s Mason Plumlee, Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Tim Hardaway Jr, Alex Len of Maryland, Adonis Thomas, and of course the first guy to workout with Thunder, Steven Adams of Pitt.
So, what can the Thunder come Thursday night?
- Draft Away
As we know, the Thunder have the 12th and 29th pick in the draft. So, the obvious and original to do it, would just be to use the picks and draft away. Mock drafts have the Thunder taking C.J. McCollum, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Steven Adams, or Kelly Olynyk with the 12th pick. In terms of the 29th, DraftExpress has the Thunder taking Jeff Withey from Kansas, which I like a lot because of his length and soft touch at 7 foot. However, who the Thunder take with 29th pick depends on what happens with the 12th pick.
2. Move up in the draft for the number one pick (woah)
Via dailythunder.com, According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Thunder are among a couple of teams that are being “proactive” about trying to move into the top slot. Wouldn’t that be something? Yes, a very rare scenario. But, just think about it for a second; Westbrook, Sefolosha, Durant, Ibaka, and Noel. Hmmmmm. Roll the dice, Presti.
Here’s what Chad Ford of ESPN is saying: “The Thunder are in win-now mode, but it’s unlikely whomever they draft here will be of much help next season. They have swung and missed a few times with big guys in the draft (Cole Aldrich and Byron Mullens) but could do it again for Adams. While he’s miles away from contributing offensively, defensively he already has the body and instincts to be a good rebounder and shot-blocker. With time, much more might come. Russia’s Sergey Karasev also is a strong possibility here.”
David Thorpe of ESPN Insider says the Thunder should take Michael Carter-Williams: “He could be a huge addition to them defensively, as well, playing with Durant, Westbrook and Serge Ibaka to form a defense of long guys with great instincts and elite athleticism. Remember, the Thunder were one of the top four defensive units in the NBA this season. Carter-Williams, in time, could help that ranking inch upward. However, the key to Carter-Williams’ success in the NBA ultimately depends on his ability to improve his shooting. The angles required to execute the tough passes he has the potential to make depend, to a large degree, on having his defender close to him, trying to take away his shot. As of now, that would not happen. In watching him shoot this season, he was doing almost everything a little wrong and still made 30 percent of his 3s. Williams was either not balanced or not all the way through the shot.”
It should be a very interesting draft night for the Thunder. Only time will tell what Presti and the front office in OKC will do.