2013 NBA Draft: Oklahoma City Thunder Must Resist Temptation, Pass on Michael Carter-Williams

By Ryan Heckman


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With one of the bigger frames we have seen on a point guard in recent years, Michael Carter-Williams has attracted quite a bit of interest from some of the lottery teams recently. The 6’6’’ product out of Syracuse is projected to be selected anywhere from 10th to 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, and many teams are interested.

The question is, will that interest turn to action? For a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder, I hope not.

The Thunder are set at point guard with Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson, so bringing in another into the mix would be unnecessary. Oklahoma City’s greatest need at the moment is another body down low.

As I have said previously, the Thunder have to do something with Kendrick Perkins. His performance with the team has been poor and completely inconsistent. The only consistency shown from him, actually, is his inconsistently bad play.

Carter-Williams presents a huge matchup problem, I get it. He has a high ceiling and could turn out to be a very good point guard in the NBA. It is always a struggle for a team with a need in one area, and the best player available is at a position that is pretty well locked down.

If the Thunder wanted to explore their options with Carter-Williams, they could certainly speak with other teams on draft day and attempt a trade immediately after selecting him. That may be unnecessary of course if the Thunder find a big man they like at number twelve, but exploring all possibilities on draft day will be crucial.

If I were making the decision on draft day, I would absolutely look at Carter-Williams and the options presented with him especially with other teams. But, in the end I definitely think I would go after a power forward or center to make their way into the rotation. After all, I’m fairly certain most Thunder fans don’t want to see much more of Perkins.

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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