|2017-18 W/L: 48-34||2018-19 W/L: 49-33|
Finished 6th in the western conference (Lost 4-1 to Portland in the first round of the playoffs)
Team Needs: SF, PF, C
Player Option: Nerlens Noel
1st Pick: 1st Round-21st Overall
Players who could be available and fit with this pick:
Russell Westbrook and Paul George continued to be a dynamic duo last season putting up impressive numbers and leading the team to 49 wins, but the season ended in disappointment losing 4 games to 1 in the first round of the playoffs to Portland. While Westbrook and George being paid the way they are makes sense taking up a large portion of the salary cap, Steven Adams who is a solid player will be making over 25 million next season. If the team had that cap space, along with the 15 million that Dennis Schroder is due, to go after one of the many free agents available this year it could make them more of a legitimate contender than the way their roster is currently constructed. With that said they have an opportunity to add a player that can possibly help get them overcome their recent playoff losses picking at #21 overall. Pairing Cameron Johnson or Louis King on the wing with Paul George would be an interesting combination and the same could be said for multiple other shooting guards or small forwards that might still be on the board when the Spurs are on the clock. A versatile big man would also make sense with this pick which would put Naz Reid, Bol or Mfiondu Kabengele all as possible selections. Bol Bol could fall this far in the draft, although it is unclear if that will happen as of now, but if he does a team picking in the 20’s like the Thunder may get a steal if they choose to go with the Oregon freshman. Another option is an athletic defensive minded big man like Daniel Gafford or Jaxson Hayes. Hayes is likely to be off the board by #21, but Gafford could be available and would fit in well with the speed of the Thunder offense. As with Hayes it is possible that Brandon Clarke is off of the board but if he is not taken by the point the Thunder are choosing he would definitely be an option. If we were drafting for Oklahoma City we would a versatile big man or a scoring minded wing which would allow the team to add another scoring option and take some of the burden off of Paul George from the perimeter.