The OKC Thunder have nailed their recent NBA Draft selections to set up an incredibly bright rebuild.
While it is way too early to regrade the 2021 and 2022 NBA Draft, it is hard to find a better value than Josh Giddey, Chet Holmgren, and Jalen Williams.
Starting with the 2021 NBA Draft, no one would rank above Josh Giddey from picks 7-60. The only argument is Franz Wagner, and after an intense debate, both fanbases are happy with their pick and will agree to disagree. There is no clear and away better player than Josh Giddey, that was picked after him in that 2021 class. That is a massive win for Sam Presti after suffering some awful Lottery luck heading into the 2021 NBA Draft.
At pick 18 in that drat, the OKC Thunder grabbed Tre Mann. Ultimately, you can make a case for Kai Jones, Jalen Johnson, Isaiah Jackson, Josh Christopher, Quentin Grimes, Bones Hyland, Cam Thomas, Herbert Jones, Ayo Dosunmu, and Aaron Wiggins being better than Mann. Ultimately if OKC was granted a do-over at pick 18, Herbert Jones is the route to go to kick this thing into overdrive.
In the 2022 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder walked away with three Lottery Picks, Chet Holmgren, Ousmane Dieng, and Jalen Williams. While we wait for Chet Holmgren to step on the floor, I would still rather have the gamble on Holmgren than any other player picked behind him. No one is better than Jalen Williams in this class, that has played an NBA game besides Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero.
Then you get to Ousmane Dieng, who was outperformed as a rookie by a few players who, after year one, project to be better than him, though it is still too early to for sure say who the right pick would have been at this spot. We could look back on this post and have an entirely different answer than the names rolling around in your head, likely highlighted by Jalen Duren.
Who would be your selections to make an OKC Thunder dream team had Sam Presti nailed every pick in the NBA Draft since 2011? Who will be the right pick for Oklahoma City in this year’s Draft next week? Let us know!