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How pundits graded OKC Thunder draft picks

A trio of international talents was selected by the OKC Thunder on draft night with pundits offering praise for the most part.

Sam Presti and the OKC Thunder had a busy 2020 NBA Draft Night adding a trio of international talents. Specifically, those prospects included Aleksej Pokusevski, Theo Maledon, and Vit Krejci.

Entering Wednesday night OKC was on tap to select from the 25th and 53rd positions. As it turned out the Thunder didn’t pick in either of those spots but did make three selections as noted above.

A trio of international talents was selected by the OKC Thunder on draft night with pundits offering praise for the most part.

Okc picks

DRAFT TRADE: Acquired draft rights to Vit Krejci (No. 37 pick) and Admiral Schofield in exchange for Cassius Winston (No. 53 pick) and 2024 second-round pick

DRAFT TRADE:Acquired draft rights to Aleksej Pokuševski (No. 17 pick), forward James Johnson and a 2024 second-round draft pick from Minnesota

Don’t let the 21st ranking in pace fool you. Oklahoma City showed during a hotly-contested opening-round series loss to the Houston Rockets that it could run when needed, and its overall athleticism was key in delivering a No. 7 ranking in defensive rating (108.1). Veteran guard Chris Paul was a steadying influence for this young, hungry team, but OKC’s direction moving forward is in question after parting ways with coach Billy Donovan. The subject of multiple trade rumors, Paul remains under contract along with Dennis Schröder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Steven Adams, Luguentz Dort and Darius Bazley. But the Thunder could be headed for a rebuild given all the first-round picks the team has acquired in trades that jettisoned Paul George and Russell Westbrook. Three-point shooting percentage (35.5%) is a weakness, and sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari is an unrestricted free agent.

A Stat That Matters
13.4 —
In the regular season, the Thunder were 13.4 points per 100 possessions better with Chris Paul on the floor (+6.9) than they were with him off the floor (-6.5). That was the biggest on-off-court NetRtg differential among 236 players who played at least 1,000 minutes for a single team.
— John Schuhmann

The Way To Go
Defensive stopper Andre Roberson returned to the court during the NBA restart, and played for the first time since the 2017-18 season with understandably mixed results. He’s an unrestricted free agent, as are Gallinari and Nerlens Noel. The Thunder likely won’t lose all three players, but it could benefit from grabbing a 3-and-D-type in the Draft. Arizona’s Josh Green fits that mold, as well as Jaden McDaniels, a one-and-done prospect from Washington .

Under Contract
G: Luguentz Dort
G: Terrance Ferguson
G: Chris Paul
G: Dennis Schroder
G/F: Darius Bazley
G/F: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
F: Isaiah Roby
C: Steven Adams

Free Agents
G: Hamidou Diallo (team option)
G/F: Deonte Burton (team option)
G/F: Andre Roberson (unrestricted)
F: Danilo Gallinari (unrestricted)
F: Abdel Nader (team option)
F/C: Mike Muscala (player option)
F/C: Nerlens Noel (unrestricted)
>2020 Free Agent Tracker

Recent Draft History
2019:
Darius Bazley (23)*
2018: Devon Hall (53), Kevin Hervey (57)
2017: Terrance Ferguson (21)

Okc picks DRAFT TRADE: Acquired draft rights to Vit Krejci (No. 37 pick) and Admiral Schofield in exchange for Cassius Winston (No. 53 pick) and 2024 second-round pick DRAFT TRADE: