A few minutes after it was announced that the Oklahoma City Thunder had selected Steven Adams of Pittsburgh with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kevin Durant tweeted this.
Maybe Durant had higher hopes for who the Thunder would draft with the pick they received from Houston in the James Harden trade.
Adams was not a surprise to be picked by the Thunder, but OKC did come close to having C.J. McCollum or Michael Carter-Williams fall to them at No. 12.
The Thunder also were reportedly very active trying to trade up in the draft. They wanted to get into the top five to take either Alex Len or Victor Oladipo but were unable to do so.
Adams has the potential to become a good NBA player but he is anything but a sure thing. He saw his draft stock rise after the combine when he impressed scouts with his athleticism and ability to knock down the midrange jump shot.
It is very unlikely that Adams sees any playing time with the Thunder any time soon.
If Durant really is disappointed with this pick, that is very worrisome. The last thing you want to do is upset Durant. Of course, Adams could prove us all wrong and be a stud but if that happens, it probably won’t be for awhile.
The Thunder still have two more picks in this draft with the 29th and 32nd overall selections and could still make a trade and do a lot of different things.
Durant later tweeted this. He doesn’t sound too excited.
Welcome Steven Adams
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 28, 2013
James Harden decided to mock the pick as well…
— Quentin Haynes (@Haynesenberg) June 28, 2013