Oklahoma City Thunder | Last Season: 47-19 (Reached NBA Finals) | Draft Picks: 28
Season Summary: Despite falling to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, the Thunder have to be pleased with the way last season went for this young team. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden proved this could be the next big three of the NBA and they have to be pleased with the way this past season went.
Draft Needs: There may not be anyone that makes an immediate impact right away, but that doesn’t mean the Thunder won’t be looking for an effective player to come off the bench.
Pick #28: Perry Jones III | PF | Baylor
The 6-foot-11 Jones was considered to be a lottery pick and even a candidate for the #1 spot before he decided to stay at Baylor for his sophomore season. He dropped 28th to the Thunder, and they’re happy he did. They selected the best available player and may have gotten the biggest steal in the draft. He’s athletic and versatile for a big man. It’s likely with OKC’s big three, PJIII won’t be asked to score much. His offensive game needs improvement, and he needs to get stronger and more physical. Jones tends to settle for jumpers instead of mixing it up in the paint. That said, there’s plenty of talent and upside.
2012-2013 Outlook: Losing in the Finals may work to their advantage now that they can use that experience moving forward. This young team has the potential of a dynasty written all over it and there’s a good chance they’ll be a threat in the Western Conference for years to come.
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