The NBA Draft is one week away, and this one feels important for the Thunder. The organization has the 21st pick (the same slot Mitch McGary was taken… yikes), and Oklahoma City needs to hit with the selection for several reasons.
The Thunder needs NBA-quality rotation players. They carried Semaj Christon, Kyle Singler, Norris Cole and Josh Huestis on the roster last season, and all were either negative or non-contributors. OKC also needs talent on low salary due to the cap restraints they are in, and the draft is best way to do that. The greatest value in the draft is typically toward the top, so today the focus will be trade-up candidates Luke Kennard, OG Anunoby, Frank Ntilikina and Zach Collins.