The Oklahoma City Thunder were heavily involved in Thursday’s NBA Draft. Their activity began with a move they made at the beginning of last season when they traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets. In the 2013 NBA Draft, the OKC Thunder had the opportunity to improve their team through the draft with two first round picks at #12 and #26.
In addition, they also possessed the 32nd pick of the second round. They also received a player via a trade from the Portland Trailblazers. In order are the picks that the Thunder made Thursday respectively: Steven Adams (#12), Andre Roberson(#26), Alex Abrines(#32), and Grant Jerrett (via trade).
The Thunder are definitely one of the favorites to win the NBA title this upcoming season provided that Russell Westbrook is back on the floor by the start of the 2013-2014 season. It’s also understood that OKC has a couple holes that they could definitely fill before moving into next season.
I can’t particularly say that the title run began Thursday night with the picks made by the Thunder. Not to say that they did not have a quality draft, but it is safe to say that these 4 players will not be in the lineup much next season. Better yet, we can go further and predict that maybe only one will be on the roster while the others will be stocked to get more prepared for the NBA game. One of the draft picks we can expect to be on the roster next season will be the pick made at twelve in the first round.
The first player drafted Thursday at the draft by the Thunder at #12 in the first round was Steven Adams. Adams is a center from the University of Pittsburgh. Of the first fourteen picks, he was probably the most unknown on the board. He is a 7-foot New Zealander that is long, mobile, and athletic. He actually is the first New Zealander to be picked in the first round. He shoots the ball well in the paint and he runs the floor well, and has a frame very similar to Cody Zeller.
His best qualities on floor are his abilities to rebound and hold his presence as a big that can be mobile on the floor. With a few years under Kendrick Perkins and especially Serge Ibaka, along with Coach Scott Brooks, I can see Adams becoming a major asset to the Thunder. Adams went under the radar due to his lack of ability to score the ball. He was not the even a focal point in the Pittsburgh offense so it is highly unlikely to expect big things offensively from Adams. At best, I see him coming in and providing a spark similar to that of Nick Collison. Adams is definitely a project that the Thunder organization hope pans out well.
If the Thunder had to pick a weakness, they would have to point towards their front court. Serge Ibaka is steadily improving with his ability to score but the Thunder do not get much production from their bigs in the paint. Adams may not be the one to impact this weakness, but his he does fit in perfectly with the OKC system being that he can run the floor and make plays with his athleticism. Welcome Mr. Adams aboard Loud City!