Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 NBA Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

Roy Burton@thebslineContributor IJune 28, 2012

Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 NBA Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

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    2012 NBA draft updates and analysis will be brought to fans of all 30 NBA franchises by Bleacher Report. 

    This article will provide the information you need for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Pages will be added for every pick and move made by Sam Presti and the rest of the Oklahoma City front office. Check back often for updates, including player information and analysis on every drafted player.

    Don't forget to look at the final slide. Draft grades will be assigned for every selection and move, along with an overall grade for the Thunder's 2012 draft.

Round 1, Pick 28: Oklahoma City Selects Perry Jones, F, Baylor

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    Much like Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, medical issues caused Perry Jones to slide down most team's draft boards. The Oklahoma City Thunder stopped Jones' slide by selecting him with the No. 28 pick, and they very well could have gotten the best value of the draft.

    The 6'11" Jones is extremely versatile on the court, but at times, it appears at though he's going through the motions. From a pure talent perspective, Jones would be a top-10 pick: very few bigs are as good as Jones in transition, and he can put the ball on the floor better than most players his size.

    Until he proves otherwise, there will always be questions about Jones' drive and "motor." But with the Thunder facing salary cap issues next season (especially concerning Serge Ibaka), the team may have just found its big man insurance policy in Jones.

    Grade: A

Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 NBA Draft Report Card

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    With the 28th pick in the draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder wound up with a potential top-10 talent in Baylor forward Perry Jones.

    There are questions about Jones' meniscus, but if healthy, his addition to an already formidable front line will make Oklahoma City a terror to deal with next season.

    Round 1: Perry Jones, F, Baylor

    Grade: A

    Overall Grade: A

Thunder Draft Plans

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    The main thing standing between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA title—besides the Miami Heat—is experience, but that's something that can't be acquired through the draft.

    So instead, the team will use draft night to supplement what is already one of the league's strongest rotations. With an exceptional group of core players already in the fold, the Thunder have the luxury of selecting players who may not have an immediate impact next season.

    Oklahoma City is at least a year away from any serious salary cap concerns, but the team hasn't been shy in its desire to move some of its current talent (read: future financial obligations) in order to move up in the draft.

    Grades and analysis will operate with the following team needs in mind:

    1) Scoring/Defensive Low-Post Presence

    2) Backcourt Depth

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