The Oklahoma City Thunder went from the third overall pick to the playoffs and a tip in away from going to game seven with the Western Conference Champions.
The Thunder have now three top 33 draft picks and could make damage with this draft.
For one, this draft is loaded. There are probably 45 first round talents in this draft. If you don't know, there's only 30 picks.
The biggest issue with the Thunder was the lack of size.
Here are the picks I feel Oklahoma City should make to continue this upward trend to success.
First round pick — 21st overall — Daniel Orton ( 6-10, PF/C, Kentucky)
Draft fans rip Daniel Orton because he only averaged three points and three rebounds.
What some fans don't know is Orton could have been a starter for another team and a legit lottery pick.
I think Orton has the game to be a solid NBA player. He has a NBA body, he's a defensive presence and he has mid range ability. I've seen comparisons to Erick Dampier, I think Orton could be a Kendrick Perkins or Brendan Haywood type player.
First round pick — 26th overall — Willie Warren (6-4, PG/SG, Oklahoma)
I like Thabo Sefolosha and James Harden.
I think next season, we may see more James Harden. If that's so, Oklahoma City loses that scorer off the bench. Willie Warren? He could be that replacement. The issue with Warren is
A) He's not a great defender despite his size
B) He takes bad shots. Change that: He takes TERRIBLE SHOTS
C) He has attitude problems
If OKC could harness the freshman Willie Warren, OKC would have a steal at pick No. 26.
Second round pick — 32nd overall — Craig Brackins (6-10, SF/PF, Iowa State)
This is my favorite pick for many reasons. Craig Brackins was my favorite player in last year's draft until he pulled out.
I believe Brackins could be a effective weapon for Oklahoma City. He could play the four. He wouldn't be a good postup option but could destroy defenders with his mid range game.
Imagine a 6-9 Kevin Durant next to a 6-10 Craig Brackins? Who stopping them on a break?
Second round pick — 51st overall — Lazar Hayward (6-6, SF, Marquette)
At the 50's, teams usually quit and look for NBDL players.
Lazar Hayward could be a better talent. He's a tough nosed player who is undersized but has alot of heart. He's a solid rebounder, has decent range and could defend very well.
I don't think Hayward will ever be a starter in the NBA but a defensive sub? I could see it.
Who do you want OKC to draft? Who should they draft?
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