2013 NBA Draft: Could Oklahoma City Thunder Select Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?

 

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With the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select… Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out of Georgia?

It could happen. The Thunder have a decision to make on whether to bring back Kevin Martin this offseason or let him walk, and behind him the only worthy shooting guard is Thabo Sefolosha. If Martin does not come back, they will be in need of a two guard.

The other question this offseason for the Thunder is whether or not the team will get rid of center Kendrick Perkins. Many have called for the amnesty to be used on him, but it is unclear what the team’s plans are for him at the moment.

If they decide to keep Perkins – despite what fans may prefer – then there is a good chance they go for a wing. At number twelve, Caldwell-Pope wouldn’t be a bad option.

With the Bulldogs last season, Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals. At 6’6” he is possesses great size for the position which enables him to be a much better rebounder than others at the shooting guard spot.

The Thunder would welcome his scoring alongside guys like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Not only that, he might even prove to be a better rebounder than Perkins’ measly self was last season – sounds like an exaggeration, but there is some truth there.

The draft will surely tell quite a bit about the future plans of the team depending on what position they decide to draft at number 12. Both Martin and Perkins will most likely be influenced by the selection. While Caldwell-Pope may be a bit of a long shot for the Thunder, I wouldn’t count him out.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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