The Oklahoma City Thunder want to rebound after another tough playoff loss. What players available at No. 21 in the 2019 NBA Draft can boost their fortunes?
The Oklahoma City Thunder were faced with despair three years ago, and rather than fall apart, they pulled together around Russell Westbrook and reloaded in unexpected and successful ways. Yet even so, they have been unable to break free of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
With limited options in free agency, the Thunder have to look to inexpensive rookie talent to boost their rotation. Armed with pick No. 21 in the 2019 NBA Draft, which players could the team target to make improvements?
OKC is locked in at the 1, 3 and 5; Russell Westbrook and Paul George are All-Star players on long deals, and center Steven Adams is mildly overpaid, making over $53 million the next two seasons. The Thunder can still work to upgrade at their two weak points.
Oklahoma City has struggled to find a reliable 2-guard, and could target some in the draft as well. At No. 21, it probably can’t get a surefire prospect, but there should be a handful of options to choose from. If they’re not in love with any of the guards, then adding a piece at the 4 would help meet a need as well.
For a team consistently shuffling pieces through the rotation via trade and free agency, the Thunder could strongly benefit from adding a reliable player on a rookie scale contract. Which prospects should they consider at pick No. 21?