With the college season coming to an end, let’s focus on the NBA Draft. The prospect that fits the OKC Thunder mold the most, could be Jordan Nwora
The OKC Thunder and NBA World has been shut down for over two weeks now, and the one thing we do have to discuss is the upcoming NBA Draft. Granted, we still do not know when the NBA Draft will take place or have any idea about what will or will not happen during the predraft process.
However, we do have a full regular season body of work to go off of. Today, let’s follow the storyline of what could be the best fit for the OKC Thunder.
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The OKC Thunder might have two picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, depending on how/if we finish the regular season. No matter what though, they will at least one a pick in the first round as well as a ton of future assets if general manager Sam Presti wants to get crazy.
No matter if it is blondes or redheads, everyone has a type. For Sam Presti, his type is long, lengthy, athletic wings whos struggle to shoot the deep ball. Well, Jordan Nwora might be just Sam Presti’s type.
The 21-year-old wing stands 6’7 and weighs in at 225 pounds. The Junior Cardinals forward has been a starter for the last two seasons, while taking home two All-ACC honors and being named. the 2018-19 Most Improved Player in one of the best basketball conferences in the country.
This season, Nwora posted 18 points, collected seven rebounds, and an assist per game. On the defensive end, Nwora earned nearly a steal per contest. He was the true leader of the Cardinals solid 2019-20 campaign that of course came to an abrupt end.
While his defense is solid, and he gets to the rim with the best of them, shooting 46 percent inside the arc, unlike most Presti Prospects, Nwora can actually stretch the floor. For his college career, he strokes the trey ball at a 39 percent clip, including an impressive 40 percent mark this season from an extended three-point line.
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Turning in a true shooting percentage of 56 percent, with a usage rate of 27.8 this season it is clear to see how Jordan Nwora was the Cardinals catalyst.
Despite the increase in his usage numbers, his turnover percentage actually decreased this season. In his freshman and sophomore years, he sat at 15 and nearly 14 percent respectively before breaking out in his Junior campaign with an 11.7 turnover percentage.
Breaking down his game film more in-depth will be an absolute joy. Come May, or June, or September, if Adam Silver reads off his name on the OKC Thunder draft card, fans should be over the moon. He is everything Sam Presti wants, and he can shoot!
Who is your favorite prospect that is a realistic grab for the OKC Thunder?