By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on May 2, 2014
The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t have a lot of areas they need to improve from the 2014 NBA Draft, but with a pick at No. 21 and No. 29, they could get key players for their bench and the future. The 2014 NBA Draft is extremely deep, so a prospect needing two or three years to develop wouldn’t be out of the question. Here are five first-round options for the Thunder that could make an immediate impact for the team.
With their two picks in the first round, OKC could take a chance on a player like Hairston who was dismissed from North Carolina earlier in the season.
McDaniels could be a star at the next level. He was one of the best players in the ACC all season long. His weaknesses seem to be three-point shooting, which can be fixed at the next level, and that sometimes he settles for shots, which can be attributed to the lack of talent around him at Clemson. He would be a great fit for OKC.
If Wichita State had played better teams this season, then Early would be a mid-range draft pick. He’s a great player who has an affinity for scoring. A big man who scores often could be a great addition to the Thunder bench.
Next to Jabari Parker, Warren was the best player in the ACC last season. He led an extremely young team beyond their expectations, including to a trip to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
There were very few better and more consistent rebounders in college basketball than Stokes last season, and his strength will allow him to fight for rebounds and buckets down low. He’s an exceptional offensive rebounder, which is a skill that translates well to the NBA game.
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