Shabazz doesn't fall past OKC.
I am not a Shabazz fan but unless Cody Zeller drops, which I don't think he will. Or Alex Len is available at 12, which is not probable.
I think they would take him over Steven Adams.
Would be interesting if they were able to convert him to a Shooting Guard. Durant and Westbrook would certainly make sure he knew his place.
The four teams picking right before the Thunder are the Pistons, Wolves, Blazers, and 76ers, all teams that need wing players. I think Shabazz goes to one of those four teams. Currently in my constantly changing mock I have him going 11th to Philly. If he does end up falling to the Thunder, I'm not sure that they would take him. He doesn't fit very well there. He would probably be the best player on the board at that point, but I think they should take a big like Olynyk over him.
I personally would be really surprised if the Thunder drafted Shabazz Muhammad unless they have decided to move Jeremy Lamb. I think the Thunder go big with that pick unless there is a trade in the works.
If any guy can fill that James Harden role it looks like it would be Tim Hardaway Jr. Might be too high to take him though.
Wonder if they can trade down to 17 and 18 to get Hardaway and then a big man (Dieng).
Or trade the 12th pick to Cleveland for 19, 31, and 33. The Thunder could get Hardaway Jr. or another good player and they still have picks at 29, 31, 32, and 33. They can either get young role players with those picks or package them for veteran help.
They have 10 guys on the books for next year and they are chasing a ring. Why would they bring in 5 rookies? 5?!
I think Gobert is really the sleeper of this first round, I can't imagine good "drafters" like OKC not drafting him if he's available
I think he'll get drafted before this, but if not this kid is a perfect fit for OKC..
1. He'll fall in line behind obviously better but still young enough to relate to and respect vets and will have a blueprint (Harden) of how to fit into the offense
2. OKC has (or should have) more faith in Thabeet's progress.. Id say hes ahead of where Gobert or most other center prospects are offensively, hes just as big and still has great potential to block ALOT of shots. He actually looked like hes becoming who hes supposed to be when Memphis drafted him so high.. Im still suprised they gave up on him so early and didnt givem a chance to learn from DPOY Gasol and be one of the best backups in the league ala Asik in Chicago.
3. Also tying in Harden and Memphis... The fact that a player is left handed is one of the most overlooked aspects in a players game and should be considering a highly valuable asset for an offense. It literally strengthens you on over half of the court.. Attacking the middle at the FT line from the right wing and also finishing at the rim from the left side of the court. EVERY team should have at least 1 left handed scorer. Memphis has a lefty (and highly ambidextrous) PG in Conley, a great versatile defender at the 3 in Prince and a low post scorer at the 4 in Randolph. Gasol is very ambidextrous himself.. This just opens up the whole floor and gives u far more options on offense.
4. Theres alot of good pass first PGs and Offensive minded Cs to be had with their multiple later picks.. Hes worth the risk at the end of the lottery.