There’s always a little too much excitement surrounding the NBA Draft. When it comes to the Oklahoma City Thunder especially, there’s no logical reason to get your hopes up that the Thunder are going to draft a player who will come in and play right away.
Just take last year for instance. The Thunder end up with two promising first round picks on their roster in Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones and neither of them hardly play any meaningful minutes all year.
The Thunder drafted four players in the 2013 NBA Draft and all four are even less likely to make an immediate impact with the Thunder. Kevin Durant endorses this statement.
More Durant on OKC’s draft: “It’s not like any rookie is going to come in and have an immediate impact, especially on our team.”
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) June 29, 2013
The Thunder were drafting for the future Thursday night. There’s nothing wrong with that. The only disappointment you could have regarding the Thunder’s draft stemmed from unrealistic hopes that they were somehow going to be able to trade up into the top five and draft a Victor Oladipo or Alex Len.
Reality set in as the Thunder draft picks were announced. Any excitement and hope regarding new contributors in the Thunder rotation next season should be centered on youngsters who are returning.
Lamb and Jones should both get a lot more run next season. Lamb has a chance to emerge as a very valuable sixth man if he can take over Kevin Martin’s role. We will also get year three of Reggie Jackson and if his progress from his rookie to second season is any indication, that should be as exciting a development as anything.
If you want to see the Thunder rookies, go out and buy Tulsa 66ers tickets. That’s where Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and Grant Jerrett will be spending most of next season.