2011 NBA Mock Draft:Thunder Go with Experienced William Buford at No. 24
NBA Mock Draft 2011 Places William Buford on the Oklahoma City Thunder With Pick No. 24
William Buford had an outstanding four-year career at Ohio State and now is one of the most seasoned players in the entire draft.
Buford is an superb shooter that posses NBA range. He attacks the rim aggressively and is very strong and physical for a guard.
He tends to get out of control at times when going to the bucket. He is not great passer and he still has to work on his court vision and ability to find open teammates on the fast break.
Matt Kamalsky of Draftexpress.com thinks his secondary status on this seasons Buckeyes is actually a good thing.
The development of Buford as a role-player is very significant because of his lack of elite NBA physical tools. Lacking great size, strength and explosiveness, Buford has never shown the ability to regularly make dynamic plays around the basket.
His loaded Buckeyes didn't need him to carry the scoring duties. He embraced his role and proved to NBA scouts that he can do whatever is asked of him.
Good Fit or Bad Fit?
The Thunder are loaded with young talent and could use a polished four-year college graduate to add some maturity to the team.
He has a chance to be the sharp-shooter for this team if he continues to work on his three-point jumper. He plays solid defense and can adjust to the half-court style of play the Thunder prefer to execute.
Chances of NBA Success: 45%
Buford may never be a All-Star in the NBA, but he is very quick and has good size for a shooting guard at 6-5, 205. His shot has improved dramatically since early in his career—but he still needs to work on it constantly in the pros.
He has the potential to be a great six or seventh man off the bench for a championship contending team like the Thunder.
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