2010 NBA Draft: Grading Oklahoma City's Draft Picks and Trades
With the 2010 NBA draft week finally over, it's only right we take time out to judge each team's decisions.
My favorite team is no exception. The Oklahoma City Thunder were easily the most active organization in the league during the draft. It seemed like they made a deal every 30 seconds.
The Thunder didn't take any risks at all, trading two of their three first round draft picks to go after a big man who could contribute right away. Plus, they addressed another weakness in outside shooting.
I graded the Thunder's draft choices. Take a look.
Trading Picks For Kansas' Center Cole Aldrich—B+
If you told me before the NBA Combine that the Thunder would pick up Cole Aldrich, I would have been beyond pumped and already ordering my Aldrich Fathead poster.
However, when it was discovered that he's actually 6'9", I was a little less pumped, but still excited about his defensive talents.
Oklahoma City really struggled defending in the post last season, and he could help contribute immediately.
He has a solid hook shot but still struggles offensively, which he can work hard on.
What caught my eye was that he set the Kansas record for blocked shots. That is quite a feat when you consider their history of dominant players.
Acquiring Daequan Cook and 18th Pick For Virtually Nothing —A+
There is just nothing negative you can say about this deal.
Daequan Cook can be an elite outside shooter if he gets his mind right. Plus, moving to Oklahoma City might be just what he needs—a new setting.
He won the Three-Point Shootout a few years ago, showing off his outside skills which, ironically, is one of the Thunder's weaknesses. Bingo.
Despite struggling lately, his career average from trey land is still higher than the Thunder's long ball average last season.
Trading Eric Bledsoe For L.A. Clippers Future First Round Pick—A
I was a little bummed when I first found out about this deal. I thought the Thunder could have used this pick on James Anderson.
But,the Clippers are always a top five pick in every draft. You really can't complain about trading what would have been a role player selection for a top pick in the next few years.
You never know what player will be available when Oklahoma City has that almost sure-fire lottery pick.
Receiving International Player Tibor Pleiss For Cash —A-
This is almost a no risk pick. Pleiss is gaining a lot of attention lately for his shot blocking dominance in Europe and still has a lot of room to improve.
There are actually rumors of the Thunder keeping Pleiss on their roster and letting him develop in America. Pleiss is reportedly a quick learner and is very fundamentally sound.
This pick could pay off a lot more than people think.
Oklahoma City Trading Draft Pick Magnum Rolle For Cash—B
Cool name. But in this situation, cash was a better choice. I don't really know much about Magnum Rolle beside the fact that he is a pretty solid shot blocker.
There weren't many shooters available, so it only made sense for Presti to draft Rolle and sell him right away.
Can't ever complain about a team basically getting money for free.
Overall Draft Grade—A
Once again, Sam Presti was a genius. He never does anything wrong and will soon be the next Chuck Norris as far as awesomeness.
Everything that the Thunder did during the week was very Presti-like. They addressed their weaknesses without having to pay a big free agent.
Plus, they made sure the future of the franchise would be financially stable by sticking with just paying rookie contracts and by acquiring future first round picks.
Overall, a great weekend by the Thunder front office. Only time will tell how well the draft picks will ultimately turn out.