With the 2022 NBA draft fast approaching, it’s no secret the Thunder will look to consolidate draft picks to maximize their draft record.
OKC has two lottery picks at #2 and #12, a third round pick at #30, and an early second round pick at #34. While four picks are great, there’s a big gap between twelve and thirty. and Sam Presti, Thunder’s general manager, may be eyeing several different prospects in this space.
The draft is all about value, and if Presti thinks picks in the 20s have the most value, that’s where he’ll start.
While the order is still very much up in the air, lottery players have started to secure their seats. People now have a general sense of where most prospects might end up barring any major developments or shocks.
The few picks after the lottery could have tremendous value. Malachi Branham, Tari Eason, Ousmane Dieng, Bryce McGowens, Ochai Agbaji, Jaden Hardy, TyTy Washington and EJ Liddell are just a few of the prospects that are good enough to sneak into the lottery, or could fall a lot further.
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If OKC wanted to step up and grab a prospect who’s still on the board, here’s how they could do it:
Obtained Oklahoma City Thunder: Pick #16
Getting Atlanta Hawks: Pick #30, 2023 Denver FRP, 2024 Timberwolves SRP
It’s no secret Atlanta wants to win now, and a mid-level rookie probably won’t help for a significant chunk of the time. An additional first round pick is Ammo in Atlanta’s Arsenal to grab another star for Dynamo Trae Young.
OKC is consolidating but still holds picks in the top two, teens and 30s.
The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m
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