The Oklahoma City Thunder will have two first-round picks in this year's draft and may be looking for someone who can replace the huge hole James Harden left behind at shooting guard. If not, they could look for frontcourt depth and a possible alternative to Kendrick Perkins in their starting lineup.
Name: Steven Adams
Pick: No. 12 overall, First Round
Analysis: This is a great pick for the Thunder. They may not be getting a replacement for Harden—let's be real, they weren't going to anyway—but what they do get is a standout prospect from a physical standpoint.
Adams is a legit 7-footer and weighs in at 255 pounds, but he's also very mobile. Moving forward, that will help him to develop into an elite rim defender, which could make OKC's interior tough to score on when he pairs up with Serge Ibaka.
It's unlikely that he will start ahead of Perkins from Day 1, but in due time Adams has the potential to be a starting center in the NBA. He's still only 19, though, and for now he will need to focus on developing his raw offensive game. He can't shoot and even struggles when it comes to finishing around the rim.
Getting to Know Steven Adams
Name: Andre Roberson
Pick: No. 26 overall, First Round (from Golden State Warriors)
Analysis: The Thunder originally had the No. 29 pick, but a three-way trade has left them with Andre Roberson, who was selected at No. 26 by the Minnesota Timberwolves:
Roberson is undersized for the power forward position at 6'7", but his athleticism made up for that in college. He finishes well around the rim, and has a good mix of power and touch.
Despite his lack of height, Roberson's 6'11" wingspan makes him an effective player on the defensive end. With that said, that might not translate to the NBA, and it will be tough to move him to small forward due to his lack of a jump shot.
If nothing else, Roberson is a player who can bring energy off the bench for the Thunder, with a focus on grabbing boards, slashing and running the floor in transition.
Getting to Know Andre Roberson
Name: Alex Abrines
Pick: No. 32 overall, Second Round
Position: Shooting Guard
Analysis: In need of some help at shooting guard, the Thunder have gone with one of Spain's best young prospects early in the second round.
Abrines might not be physically ready for the NBA, but he possesses good height at 6'5", and could be a very good jump shooter at this level. The majority of his scoring in Spain came from jump shots, and he'll help to spread the floor if he joins the Thunder this season, as well as putting in some work on the fast-break.
Though it's not clear if he'll be in the rotation, or even the roster, right away, this is a solid pick for OKC. Abrines is a skilled player, and if he can add some more strength to his body, there may be a role for him as a back-up guard.
Getting to Know Alex Abrines
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