The 2014 NBA Draft is just two days away and absolutely no one has a clue what Sam Presti has under his skin come draft day. Will he keep both picks? If so, who will they draft? Will the Thunder try to trade the pick(s) for an asset?
It’s pretty obvious what Oklahoma City needs: A shooting guard. With Sefolosha most likely gone, the spot is open to be filled. An option is to move Reggie Jackson into the starting line-up and try to go out and get a back-up point guard. However, with Phil Jackson reportedly wanting a first round pick, and the Thunder having two late picks, why not go out and get Iman Shumpert?
During the trade deadline, there were rumors of Presti exploring options to get Shumpert to Oklahoma City, which obviously didn’t work out. Nonetheless, it seems as if OKC is revisiting the idea.
No, Iman Shumpert is not some MVP type player, but he is exactly what the Thunder need. Defensively, he is arguably one of the best on-ball defenders we have in this league. He’s a freak athlete who makes plays and gets after it. After the San Antonio series loss this season, critics questioned if the Thunder have enough scoring options to win a championship. Shumpert isn’t exactly a big time scorer, but he certainty will double the production of Thabo Sefolosha. Shumpert fits Oklahoma City’s system, and would be a really valuable asset to this team.
Sure, Kyle Anderson, Clint Capela, Tyler Ennis, or Adreian Payne could be valuable assets for this Thunder team down the road. But, I just don’t see any of those really making an instant impact in the next two seasons. What people are forgetting is that Oklahoma City has guys who are just as valuable within the organization. Guys like Perry Jones III, Grant Jerrett, Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, and Jeremy Lamb are in Oklahoma City for a reason, and that is to develop and eventually be ready to be in the rotation. So, why add youth when you already have a handful of those types of guys? We know that the window to win a championship isn’t too much longer with Durant and Westbrook’s contracts expiring. So, why bring in a guy who may not even touch the floor in the next two years when you can go out and get Shumpert who can make an instant impact?
It’s going to be really interesting to see what the front office in Oklahoma City does come Thursday. The good part is that Sam Presti is the GM of this franchise, so you should not have many worries.