Appealing OKC Thunder first round prospects for 2020 NBA draft

Jordan Nwora #33 of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jordan Nwora #33 of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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DAYTON, OHIO – JANUARY 14: Obi Toppin #1 of the Dayton Flyers shoots the ball against the VCU Rams at UD Arena on January 14, 2020 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Q25:  If the OKC Thunder retains both picks which two draft prospects are the most appealing?

Rylan Stiles:

Jordan Nwora from Louisville and Obi Toppin from Dayton are my two most interesting prospects for the OKC Thunder.

Toppin is a high flying wing that will absolutely be a top ten pick, so capturing him would take a trade, but with the treasure trove of draft picks Sam Presti possesses, it would not be out of the realm of possibility. The best way to describe Nwora is by thinking of the pinnacle Presti Prospect, and give him a jumper.

Shontelle Matano:

Two draft prospects that could be a great fit in OKC is Louisville’s Jordan Nwora and Villanova’s Saddiq Bey. As TI’s Rylan Stiles has mentioned in his Mock draft, Nwora has an impressive 3-point shot, he can attack the basket and fill a consistent shooting void for the Thunder in the wing position.

Just imagining another offensive weapon on the team is a scary thought for any opponent, especially with the way the squad is going at the moment.

As for Bey, he’s an athletic player who is versatile on the defensive end and can get buckets shooting 45.1 percent this season from the 3-point line. It’s rare you’ll find a player projected to go late in a round with two-way potential, and that’s what Bey offers.

Dustin McGowen:

So, something that you don’t know about me is that I don’t watch College Basketball. I don’t like it at all. There are too many teams, which causes talent to disperse across a very large area. This leads to slow, strategy-based basketball, which moves too slow for my taste.

I can tell you that the Thunder will be headed to a rebuild very soon. That means this draft should focus on players with a huge upside. This is the draft to risk it all. Presti has drafted well (except for Mitch McGary), I’m sure he will again.