And now, we turn to the next thing.
With the Thunder holding the 28th pick in the draft, it’s obviously not exactly something to get all excited about. But as Sam Presti said Sunday, “The draft is like a board game where you pass go and you get a free chance to improve.”
The draft is coming quickly, in holy crap just three days. I guess that’s what happens when you’re one of the last two teams playing. The season gets dragged out. And it also means you’re picking most scraps at the end of the pile.
But don’t completely dismiss the late first round picks. In fact, here are your last 20 28th overall picks in the NBA draft: Norris Cole (2011), Greivis Vasquez (2010), Wayne Ellington (2009), Donte Green (2008), Tiago Splitter (2007), Maurice Ager (2006), Ian Mahinmi (2005), Beno Udrih (2004), Leandro Barbosa (2003), Dan Dickau (2002), Tony Parker (2001), Erick Barkley (2000), Scott Padget (1999), Corey Benjamin (1998), Keith Booth (1997), Priest Lauderdale (1996), Greg Ostertag (1995), Deon Thomas (1994), Lucious Harris (1993) and Marion Maxey (1992).
That’s right, Tony Parker was landed at No. 28. (But so was Erick Barkley.) Point is, pickings are a little slim at the back end of the first round, but with a keen eye for talent, a worthwhile player can be added. Here are five early, but actually late, thoughts on OKC’s pick. Keep Reading…