This draft is a little unique in that even the unattainable guys feel moderately attainable. With the draft being perceived as average to weak, unexpected players could slip or top eight teams could trade down looking for more assets or talent.
But you know what? People have been saying drafts are meh for the last few years now. The 2011 draft was almost universally deemed weak and that produced Kyrie Irving, Jonas Valanciunas, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Vucevic, Iman Shumpert, Kenneth Faried and Reggie Jackson. There are good players to be picked whether it’s in the top three, in the top 10 or even in the top 30. It’s about fit, work ethic and the developmental system.
While most are unexcited about the pool of players available, know this: There will be productive, good or maybe even great NBA players that come out of it. It might be the No. 1 pick, it might be the No. 21 pick. The draft is and will always be a crapshoot. You do your homework, you scout, you educate, you try and understand. But in the end, it’s mostly guesswork and getting lucky.
So let’s rank the top 30 prospects in this draft, not overall, but in direct relation to the Thunder. And good news: The Thunder are already reported to be interested in moving up as high as even the top pick, so really, everyone is in play for Oklahoma City. Though I would put the chance of OKC just taking a guy at 12 at around 90 percent. I wouldn’t expect a trade. Keep Reading…