The NBA Draft Lottery is just over two weeks away and the Oklahoma City Thunder are suspended at the fourth-highest odds. Because of this, their pick will end up somewhere between first and eighth overall. The Thunder also own the LA Clippers’ first-round pick, which will finish in either the top four, or in the #12 through #14 ranks.
It’s still unclear what picks the Thunder will actually have before next month’s draft lottery. At this point, each pick will be solidified in the 2022 NBA draft.
Where these Oklahoma City picks land will determine the caliber of players who can be selected. If is one of the top 3 picks, they could take one of the coveted forwards who are at the top of the class. If they both fall outside of that range, things will certainly get interesting and less clear.
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor recently released a Class of 2022 Mock Draft that gives a glimpse of where some of the top players could end up in the upcoming rookie class. Its projection lets Thunder select two guards with extremely high tops.
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Although the draft lottery will ultimately determine the final picking order for the upcoming draft, Thunder’s pick has the fourth-highest odds. Additionally, the selection they own from the Clippers has the 12th highest lottery odds.
1. San Antonio Spurs: Jabari Smith Jr. (Forward | Maroon)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren (center | Gonzaga)
3. Portland Trail Blazers: Paolo Banchero (Forward | Duke)
4. Sacramento Kings: Shaedon Sharpe (Guard | Kentucky)
5. Houston Rockets: Jaden Ivey (Guard | Purdue)
6. Orlando Magic: AJ Griffin (Forward | Duke)
7. Detroit Pistons: Keegan Murray (forward | Iowa)
8. Indiana Pacers: Jalen Duren (Center | Memphis)
9. New Orleans Pelicans: Johnny Davis (Guard | Wisconsin)
10. Washington Wizards: Bennedict Mathurin (Guard | Arizona)
11. New York Knicks: Jeremy Sochan (forward | Baylor)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Ochai Agbaji (Guard | Kansas)
13. Charlotte Hornets: Dyson Daniels (Guard | G League Ignite)
14. Cleveland Cavaliers: Ousmane Dieng (Forward | International)
Holmgren and Agbaji are both good prospects who could actually make a difference as newcomers. If Oklahoma City leveraged both of these perspectives, Reconstruction would be headed in the right direction.
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