Oklahoma City Thunder 2014 Draft Preview
Draft picks: 1st round (21st, 29th overall)
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - Once again, the Oklahoma City Thunder have multiple first-round picks and once again, the Thunder were one of the league's elite teams.
OKC, led as always by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, lost in the Western Conference Finals and even then, one could see change was coming to the Thunder.
Thabo Sefolosha lost his starting two-guard job to Reggie Jackson. Sefolosha is a free agent this summer and it's hard to imagine Oklahoma City bringing him back.
Steven Adams, last year's first-round pick, emerged as a big presence in the paint during the postseason. The Thunder can still amnesty Kendrick Perkins and award Adams the starting center job.
So OKC will be on the hunt for some depth at the center spot and the shooting guard position. Overall depth and shooting should be a priority. But because of the Thunder's success, they can take a chance on the best available player.
At 21, Duke's Rodney Hood could still be on the board, or perhaps, P.J. Hairston. Kyle Anderson of UCLA is an interesting name for the 21st pick, or he could fall to the Thunder with the 29th pick.
With the penultimate pick in the first round, OKC might stash a European, or take a chance on Michigan's Mitch McGarry to bolster their frontcourt.
For some reason, Cleanthony Early is a name I see with the Thunder. He has a great all-around game, but the Wichita State product won't have much room behind Durant. Oklahoma City has done such a good job nabbing talent that was once highly thought of, but fell on some hard luck. See Perry Jones, Hasheem Thabeet, Adams.
Under Contract: F Kevin Durant; G Russell Westbrook; F Serge Ibaka; C Kendrick Perkins; F Nick Collison; G Jeremy Lamb; C Steven Adams; G Reggie Jackson; C Hasheem Thabeet; F Andre Roberson; F Perry Jones
Free Agents: G Thabo Sefolosha; F Caron Butler
Recent Draft History: 2013: Steven Adams (12), Archie Goodwin (29), Alex Abrines (32)
2012: Perry Jones (28)
2011: Reggie Jackson (24)
2010: Eric Bledsoe (18), Craig Brackins (21), Quincy Pondexter (26), Magnum Rolle (51)
2009: James Harden (3), Rodrigue Beaubois (25)
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