The 2014 NBA Draft is right around the corner now less than nine months away.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com has already come out with his first mock draft.
Who does he have the Oklahoma City Thunder taking? You guessed it. Vasilije Micic of Serbia.
I know most of you have already heard a ton about Micic but here’s what Ford had to say on the pick:
Oklahoma City is the rare team loaded with both veteran talent and interesting young players at virtually every position. The Thunder don’t really need anything right now, making Micic an attractive option. Micic was terrific in the U-19s this summer and proved he could hang with some of the top collegians on Team USA. He might be the headiest point guard in the draft and could be a nice long-term fit in OKC.
The Thunder’s first-round pick is based on their projection to win 58 games next season, and finish with the second-best record in the NBA behind only the Miami Heat.
Here’s the thing about the 2014 draft. It will be loaded and the Thunder will still have a bunch of assets, just like they did during the 2013 NBA Draft. Even with it being so far away, we can pretty much assume they will be big players for this draft, as that is kind of their plan for the future, becoming very flexible.
Things to look for this season is the continued development of Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones possibly breaking out, and how the rookies like Steven Adams fare in the D-League. All could improve their value becoming potential key pieces in the Thunder making moves.