Do you remember how heartbroken the Oklahoma City Thunder fan base was after losing James Harden to the Houston Rockets this offseason? Well, if Shabazz Muhammad slips all the way to No. 12 in the 2013 NBA Draft, Thunder fans won’t have to worry about replacing Harden any longer.
Muhammad is falling in this draft and I’m not sure why.
As a freshman with the UCLA Bruins, No. 15 averaged 17.9 points per game in 2012, which is highly impressive to say the least. A clear one-and-done guy, Muhammad is someone who used UCLA to hone his skills and became a much more tantalizing NBA prospect in the the process.
In the 2013 NBA postseason, the Thunder looked lackadaisical on offense as role players like Kevin Martin and Thabo Sefolosha were non-factors when it came to scoring the basketball. With Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Muhammad all on the floor at once, the Western Conference can expect OKC to score upward of 100 points per game this upcoming season.
Even still, the price tag attached to Muhammad is smaller than that of a free agent shooting guard like O.J. Mayo. Surely, Mayo is more proven than the incoming rookie, yet the potential for the ex-UCLA star is infinite. Banding together a three-headed monster of their own, the Thunder would definitely emerge as the favorite to take home the Western Conference crown in 2013-14 if indeed they can select Muhammad.