The good news for the Oklahoma City Thunder is that they have two picks in the first round of the June 26 NBA Draft.
The bad news for the Thunder is that neither of those picks is in the top 20, much less inside the lottery zone.
The Thunder’s own pick rests at No. 29 after finishing with the second-best record in the NBA—also known as the price for being successful—and they also own the Dallas Mavericks’ pick at No. 21, acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers through the Houston Rockets (that little pick sure does get around).
In looking at some of the various mock drafts floating around out there, you start to get at least a sense of what could be available for the Thunder at No. 21 and later at No. 29, barring one of the 9,401,689 trades that will happen on draft night that will leave every single mock draft laying in tatters in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
One might sense that I am not particularly fond of the mock draft by that statement. One would be making a correct assessment. I find them to be one of the ultimate exercises in futility, but for the purposes of figuring out who might end up where, they can be somewhat useful.
With that all in mind, here is at least an idea of what might be on the board for Oklahoma City, beginning with No. 21.