The Oklahoma City Thunder have two draft picks, both in the last third of the first round. Last week, I talked about the Thunder’s options with the No. 21 overall pick.
Today, the focus is on OKC’s second (and last) pick in the draft—barring any trades—at No. 29 overall.
The Thunder’s second-round pick belongs to the Toronto Raptors via the New York Knicks.
That pick was originally traded more than four years ago, in January 2010, when the Thunder got Ronnie Brewer from the Knicks. New York subsequently dealt the pick to the Raptors as part of last summer’s Andrea Bargnani deal.
First off, here’s what the Thunder have done in the first round since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008:
- 2013: Steven Adams (No. 12), Archie Goodwin (No. 29, traded to Phoenix)
- 2012: Perry Jones (No. 28)
- 2011: Reggie Jackson (No. 24)
- 2010: Eric Bledsoe (No. 18, traded to L.A. Clippers), Craig Brackens (No. 21, traded to New Orleans), Quincy Pondexter (No. 26, traded to New Orleans)
- 2009: James Harden (No. 3), Rodrique Beaubois (No. 25, traded to Dallas)
And here are the No. 29 picks over the last decade, just for some perspective:
- 2013: Archie Goodwin, Oklahoma City (traded to Phoenix)
- 2012: Marquis Teague, Chicago
- 2011: Cory Joseph, San Antonio
- 2010: Daniel Orton, Orlando
- 2009: Toney Douglas, L.A. Lakers (traded to New York)
- 2008: D.J. White, Detroit (traded to Seattle)
- 2007: Alando Tucker, Phoenix
- 2006: Mardy Collins, New York
- 2005: Wayne Simien, Miami
- 2004: David Harrison, Indiana
So, not a lot of quality there over the last 10 years—the most accomplished of the bunch is probably Douglas, a journeyman who has played for five teams in the last three seasons and has a career scoring average of 7.8 points per game.
Translation: Don’t be looking for the second coming of your favorite Hall of Famer at this spot.
On to the options: