There has been a lot of talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder moving from the No. 12 spot in tonight’s NBA Draft.
But if they don’t make a trade, and are drafting at No. 12, who might they pick?
There is some steam building about Russian Sergey Karasev.
Team execs say Russian Sergey Karasev could go as high as 12th to OKC. Karasev is not a “stash” player; he’s looking to come to NBA now.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 27, 2013
The interesting thing to note here is that Karasev wouldn’t be a player the Thunder would stash overseas. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I get that he could be NBA-ready but if it’s the Thunder who draft him, will he really be able to play next season? Especially considering that we saw the Thunder use Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones in the D-League most of last season.
Karasev is a 6-foot-7, 197 pound small forward who is left-handed. I guess he could be a backup for Kevin Durant but that role will more than likely belong to Jones next year.
I’m not sure where Karasev fits in, especially since if the Thunder are to draft him at No. 12, then it would mean that they hadn’t made any major trades.