NBA Mock Draft 2011: Full 1st-Round Mock, Chris Singleton to Thunder at No. 24
2011 NBA Mock Draft Sees Oklahoma City Thunder Add Shutdown Defender
As they’ve shown in their remarkable postseason run, the Thunder don’t have a lot of glaring weaknesses. That fact gives them the luxury of taking the best player on the board here, so they opt for Florida State forward Chris Singleton.
Singleton is a tweener at 6’9”, but his greatest strength is that he can guard practically any position. He’s likely the best pure defensive player in the draft, having anchored a Florida State squad that held opponents to the lowest FG percentage of any team in a decade.
With Kevin Durant at the 3 spot in OKC, most of Singleton’s minutes will likely come at power forward. He’s a fine rebounder who won’t be at a loss down low, and he might even benefit offensively (where his game is pretty weak) from playing in the post rather than on the outside.
The Thunder have already shown that they can get a lot of good out of role players like Nick Collison. They’ll certainly find good uses for an all-purpose defensive stopper.
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