This could be the riskiest pick for the Thunder, and I think that's why I may like it the most. It's always fun to gamble, right?
Le'Bryan Nash is playing just down the road from the Thunder in Stillwater, OK with Oklahoma State, so there's no way that he won't go unlooked for the remainder of the season. At 6'7" and 230 pounds, Nash has one of the most NBA ready builds in the entire draft.
He's incredibly athletic (again, see: picture) and has the ability to break down defenders with the dribble and get to the rim with relative ease. Through 22 games, Nash is averaging 13.3 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Nash has had some struggle with his shot, as he's only shooting 39 percent from the field and a rather abysmal 26 percent from deep, but he's also scored over 20 points six times this year including a 27 point outburst that led his Cowboys in a victory over then No. 2 Missouri.
Nash is likely just going through the ups and downs of transitioning to college hoops as a freshman, but he does have a nice jump shot, a great first step and explosive leaping ability. His build and physical style of play make him a great defender, as well. That is, when he feels like playing defense.
That's the one knock on Nash: his maturity. That alone makes him a risky selection for the Thunder, especially for a guy like Sam Presti who has a reputation for only filling his roster with quality character guys.
However, if Nash is still on the board when the Thunder make their selection, there's almost no doubt that he'll be the best player available. If Harden doesn't re-sign, then drafting Nash seems genius, but if he does, then you have a logjam with Harden, Thabo, Durant and Nash all demanding playing time.
What's going to happen if Harden ends up starting and Nash takes on Harden's role as sixth man? Is that something that he's going to enjoy and make the best of, or are his maturity issues going to get the best of him?
These are questions that Presti is going to have to ask himself when mulling over what to do with his only pick in the draft, but who are we kidding, he's likely just going to get rid of the pick, anyway.