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Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti had a clear advantage over the other teams in the NBA's draft lottery.
Coming off a 60-22 season, albeit one that finished in disappointing fashion in the playoffs, Presti was in search of complementary pieces Thursday night rather than building blocks.
Granted, the Thunder's top pick - the 12th - wasn't as high as Presti had initially hoped for when trading away swingman James Harden to Houston last year.
Afterward, however, he felt as if the Thunder had found the kind of players they were looking for - those who could provide help right away for the core unit of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka while also possibly developing into much more in the future.
''One of the things about our team that we always have to keep in mind is that the core group is really still evolving and growing,'' Presti said. ''Conceptually, although Kevin and Russell and Serge, in particular, have played an inord...
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For those of you who may have forgotten, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was not selected number one overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, that ended up being Greg Oden. So, the fine folks over at Nike decided to do a rather hilarious commercial where KD gets selected number one during the “Shirts vs. Skins” draft: *** Kevin Durant gets drafted first in “Shirts vs. Skins” [For The Win]
OKLAHOMA CITY Maybe Kevin Durant is right.
He probably is. KD doesn't miss on much.
After all, the Thunder is, by all accounts, still considered a young team, so when he said earlier this week to The Oklahoman, "It's not like any rookie is going to come in and have an immediate impact, especially on our team," he's got a pretty decent point.
Tweet The 2013 NBA Draft is underway and there has been no shortage of surprises, both with selections and trades. Among those chosen in the first round was Steven Adams, a 7’0″ center from Pittsburgh, who went to the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 12th pick. OKC’s front office felt Adams was the right [...]
The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to move up to the No. 2 pick from the Orlando Magic.
The Thunder would select Victor Oladipo.
Oklahoma City owns the No. 12 overall pick, acquired from the Toronto Raptors.
Trading James Harden appears to have been a rare mistake for Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti especially with how the season ended since Russell Westbrook’s injury really cost them any chance of a return trip to the NBA Finals. Suddenly, OKC finds themselves needing to add some bench pieces to have a chance to remain among the best out West.
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