2013 NBA Draft: Oklahoma City Thunder Must Upgrade Post Presence

By Ryan Heckman


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With just one week remaining before the 2013 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder are getting set to analyze their final pre-draft workouts in hopes of finding the absolute best selection at the 12th overall pick in the first round.

Many are hoping that the Thunder can finally do something about the lack of production they have received from center Kendrick Perkins.One of the more overrated players of his time, in my opinion, Perkins has done little to nothing in the time he has spent with the Thunder.

Playing alongside a versatile big man like Serge Ibaka, Perkins has been no where near the type of complimentary big the Thunder were hoping to get with him. There have been rumors that Perkins could be victim of the amnesty clause, and if that’s the case, they will have no other option than to go big with their first selection.

With the 12th pick, Oklahoma City could be looking at a few different options to help solidify their rotation down low. A few guys that could potentially be there are Mason Plumlee out of Duke, Steven Adams out of Pittsburgh or maybe even Cody Zeller out of Indiana. Zeller would have to fall a couple of spots, but anything can happen come draft day.

If I were the Thunder, the most realistic thing I can hope for is that Plumlee falls to number 12. He has a very high ceiling and is a complete player at the center position. He can score effectively as well as be a force on the defensive side of the ball.

With much to learn still, Plumlee will likely come into the league fairly raw at first. But, with the help of a guy like Ibaka and playing with some great teammates like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Plumlee will have no choice but to improve.

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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