4. Tyler Herro
Terrence Ferguson. Kyle Singler. Thabo Sefolosha. Dion Waiters. Victor Oladipo. Randy Foye. Anthony Morrow. Alex Abrines. Josh Huestis. Hamidou Diallo. The Oklahoma City Thunder have taken a number of bites at the apple finding a 2-guard to play alongside Russell Westbrook over the years, with inconsistent and largely inadequate results.
The 2019 NBA Draft marks the team’s latest opportunity to lock down the position, and there are a number of intriguing options. One player who will likely be available at pick No. 21 is Tyler Herro, a 2-guard out of Kentucky.
Fans of Herro will see him as the next J.J. Redick or Kyle Korver, running off screens to hit 3-pointers from various angles. His shot is versatile and boasts a quick release, suggesting it has the utility to be used from all over the court. He hit 93.5 percent from the free throw line, a strong indicator of his shooting touch at the next level.
Those worried about Herro will point to his physical limitations. He has a minus wingspan, just 6’3” compared to his 6’6” height. His agility limits his lateral movement and he is prone to getting blown past by quicker players. Off the ball, he’s been inattentive and susceptible to actions behind him.
If the Oklahoma City Thunder can coach up his defense, he could be a decent piece surrounded by better defensive talent and thus insulated to an extent. Offensively he could provide exactly what they have long needed — a knockdown shooter who can keep the defense honest. Overall, he would make a great pick when the Thunder’s turn comes around.