The NBA Draft is this Thursday, and the Thunder own the 21st pick of the first round. This is a deep draft, and there will be a guy at 21 who can come in and contribute day one for this Thunder team. That speaks to the quality of the available talent, but also to the fact that Oklahoma City had Semaj Christon, Kyle Singler, Norris Cole, and Josh Huestis on the squad last season.
The mid-first round is extremely muddy right now. Some have a player like Justin Jackson going in the lottery, and others having him slipping to 21. Not all the players covered below will be available for the Thunder, but each has consistently appeared in the 20s throughout the draft process. Today we will cover Justin Jackson, Jawun Evans, Semi Ojeleye, and Derrick White.
(A huge shout-out to Michele Berra and Nicolò Ciuppani at Chart Side for doing a massive amount of work for this series. You guys are the best. Also — for a fun way to watch the draft, check out the Down to Dunk Draft Challenge.)