Oklahoma City Thunder Draft Preview
As I've said before, I write for onlinesportsfanatic.com and have been doing my best to put together some info on this year's draft. I've already released my position rankings, big board, and first mock draft and now I'm ready to start my team previews. If you haven't seen the rest of my coverage look for links in my blog or on onlinesportsfanatic.com.
In the Thunder’s first year of existence they finished with a record of 23-59. The preseason expectations weren’t to high for this team and overall the season wasn’t to disappointing. The city of Oklahoma welcomed them with open arms, as they had a strong following the whole year.
This will be the first time the Oklahoma City Thunder make a pick in the draft, but most of their front office is familiar with the procedures. In the last two years when this franchise was stationed in Seattle, they drafted two of the Thunder’s current starters.
The biggest positive for Oklahoma City this year was the success of their three young stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Jeff Green. Durant finished the season sixth in points per game, and Westbrook and Green both added double digit averages.
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My other two previews got some good feedback so I'm hoping this one does to. Feel free to leave comments on this thread or the actual article.
If Rubio is there the Thunder will at least consider him
3 current starters...green KD and Westbrook
Green was via trade. The Celtics were the team that actually drafted him.
no, the pick was made by the celtics for the thunder, thus i count it as the thunder drafting him.
the thunder had the call on who they wanted at that pick and told the celtics to draft green over i believe yi because it was the final factor in the ray allen trade. so technically i could say we are both right but i call it that that way.
Yea it really depends on how you look at it. I usually just check ESPN's draft history on each team and I remembered the Green trade but decided not to count it.
do a review for sacramento
That's up next boffa. If any of you guys are interested in representing a team in this draft check out my latest thread.
The Kings preview will be out tomorrow for those interested.
What do you think about the much talked about No.3 for No.5 and Javale Mcgee potential trade. McGee is a legit 7feet who can run the floor, finish in transition and is hyper athletic. As a rookie last year he had more blocks than any Thunder player while only playing 15mins a game. One can only expect an improvement in his second year in everything particularly rebounding. And getting No.5 (maybe Harden) would help solve a solid help with his 7ft6in wingspan. That sort of interior help coupled with Russel's lock-down to be defense and Durant's off season commitment to that side of the ball would create a great cast of individual and team defenders. Hardens shooting will help spread the floor for Russel's dribble penetration and the KiD's double and triple teaming that will show up next year. Harden is a sound defender who doesnt need the ball in his hands to score and is a great chemistry player. What are your thoughts if they could swing that deal for either Rubio or Thabeet
That could be a good trade for both teams. Westbrook, Harden, Durant, Green and McGee would be a very talented starting 5. They would be a solid bench away from being a playoff team in the West.
They should find a sharp-shooter with their late 1st rounder with Watson, Sefolosha, Weaver, Livingston, Collison and Kristic. Maybe Jodie Meeks or Derrick Brown?
I agree with idonthavethemoney for basically the same reasons.
If they're looking for a sharpshooter there's a small chance Wayne Ellington could fall to them.
The best thing for the thunder is to do is trade down to number 5 for Harden and Mcgee. It would easily be the youngest and most talented team in terms of potential for a starting 5. Then just wait a year or so for them to gel and get a champoinship!!
That would be a great trade for the Thunder. I've seen the McGee kid and he's pretty good. I like Thabeet a lot but I dont think he's going to pan out in the League. McGee answers your problems at 5. But what about Green. He really isnt a 4. I would draft Harden. He has a great feel for the game and would probably only have to catch and shoot with Westbrook and Durant. I love Green but he's not the answer at the 4 spot if they want to compete for the championship down the line.
very good trade but it will take more then a year or so for them to get a championship
3 was a bad position for OKC that trade would be the best move because they could add a young star and draft james harden another pure scorer and great on ball defender... although Mcgee is a player with good potential he would have to gain a ton of muscle to be a starter in the west