It's weird not having a lottery pick in Oklahoma City. Next month when the draft comes along, the Thunder will have a late-round pick in the first round, trying to reach for a solid role player. But I guess it's a nice problem to have.
Knowing Oklahoma City's needs, obviously they'll probably go after some big guys with potential. However, with two first-round picks, the Thunder could afford to go with a safe pick then go with a risky pick.
With that being said, Oklahoma City could draft a solid big man and take a risk at the best available shooter remaining.
Also, keep in mind that the Thunder could definitely move up in the draft with a trade here in the next week or two.
Here's your top five players that Oklahoma City will most likely draft come next month.
Daniel Orton is extremely confusing. You'll hear good and bad things about him every day. Either he has great workouts or bad workouts for teams. It's been rumored that he cancelled his six remaining workouts because he received a promise from Oklahoma City.
I do think Orton could end up as a very solid defensive player in the league. He's drawn comparisons to Kendrick Perkins.
Ekpe Udoh seems like the total package. He can defend, pass, score, and post up all pretty well. There's not much of a drawback to Udoh, besides that he might be a little older (23) than some teams want.
I doubt he'll stay around long enough for Oklahoma City to pick him up, but he'd fit in perfectly with the Thunder.
If people weren't worried about his injuries, Alabi would be a lottery pick, easily. He's a huge dude who's extremely raw with his game. He's mostly known for his shot blocking and rebounding with a limited offensive game.
He could be a solid bench player that comes in and brings energy, like Serge Ibaka, and continue to work on his offensive game.
As a freshman, he led Division I in blocked shots...
Again, as a freshman. He's a little small and will definitely need to add on some size if he wants to play with the big guys in the league. He's fantastic at playing off the ball, but struggles with playing man to man defense.
Even though Oklahoma City may not need another guard, Anderson might be worth picking up. He was an All-American at Oklahoma State and one of the best shooters to come through Stillwater.
James Harden will be the guy of the future with the Thunder, but Anderson could definitely help off the bench and bring some energy off the bench.