OKC Thunder 2023 NBA Draft Guide: Who, how, and what to watch

An Oklahoma City Thunder hat sits on stage during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)
An Oklahoma City Thunder hat sits on stage during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images) /

The 2023 NBA Draft is here! The OKC Thunder control the 12th and 50th overall picks in the NBA Draft. There have been rumors that the Thunder are looking to trade up, whispers that OKC has already issued a draft promise and a billion names connected to Bricktown.

The 2023 NBA Draft will begin at 7 p.m. Central. ESPN will air the Draft on Television and their ESPN Radio properties. While the first overall pick is not a secret (Victor Wembanyama, come on down!), everything else is up in the air. Would the Hornets really pass on Scoot Henderson? Will the New Orleans Pelicans trade Zion Williamson? We will have our answers in mere hours.

The 2023 NBA Draft Guide for the OKC Thunder: Who, How, and What to Watch.

Along with the aforementioned ESPN broadcast, you can follow along with the draft on Twitter and here at Thunderous Intentions. That just leaves who to know and what to know involving the 2023 NBA Draft.

Let’s start with the known workouts for the OKC Thunder. For the complete list, click here. Here are some of the prevalent names the Thunder have either interviewed or confirmed workouts with.

OKC Thunder Draft Workouts/Interviews: 

  • Jarace Walker
  • Jordan Hawkins
  • Dereck Lively II
  • GG Jackson
  • Keyonte George
  • Cason Wallace
  • Anthony Black
  • Leonard Miller
  • Gradey Dick
  • Taylor Hendricks
  • Bilal Coulibaly

Most Popular Names Mocked to the OKC Thunder: 

Most Popular Trade Targets: 

Top 10 names around pick 12: 

  1. Jarace Walker, Houston
  2. Taylor Hendricks, UCF
  3. Gradey Dick, Kansas
  4. Bilal Coulibaly, Mets92
  5. Leonard Miller, G-League Ignite
  6. Kobe Bufkin, Michigan
  7. Cason Wallace, Kentucky
  8. Dereck Lively II, Duke
  9. Jordan Hawkins, UCONN
  10. Keyonte George, Baylor

Top 10 names around pick 50: 

  1. Terquavion Smith, NC State (who I have in my top-40 (34), but NBA teams seem to disagree)
  2. Keyontae Johnson, Kansas State
  3. Ben Sheppard, Belmont
  4. Grant Sherfield, Oklahoma
  5. Justin Powell, Washington State
  6. EJ Gaines, UAB
  7. Charles Bediako, Alabama
  8. Adam Flagler, Baylor
  9. Emoni Bates, Eastern Michigan
  10. Seth Lundy, Penn State

5 Possible Fallers in the 2023 NBA Draft: 

  1. Gradey Dick
  2. Cam Whitmore
  3. Leonard Miller
  4. Cason Wallace
  5. Ausar Thompson

5 Possible Risers in the 2023 NBA Draft: 

  1. Kobe Bufkin, Michigan
  2. Bilal Coulibaly, Mets92
  3. Brandin Podziemski, Santa Clara
  4. Jamie Jaquez Jr, UCLA
  5. Jordan Walsh, Arkansas

3 Surprise names to keep an eye on: 

  1. Dariq Whitehead, Duke
  2. Jalen Hood-Schifino, Indiana
  3. Kobe Brown, Missouri (one of my favorite prospects)


It is finally here! Draft Day! Stay tuned to Thunderous Intentions for updates all day long for the 2023 NBA Draft.

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