Thunder’s treasure trove of picks could be put to use for blockbuster 2021 NBA Draft trade
Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti has spent the last couple of seasons flipping their current assets into future picks. They have a whooping 17 first-round picks over the next seven years.
The Thunder currently hold the 6th, 16th, and 18th pick in this year’s NBA Draft and are rumored to make a big splash on draft night as they look to trade up for the top pick.
According to ESPN, the Thunder are high on two players in Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham and USC’s Evan Mobley, and with this boatload of assets, the Thunder have all the necessary ammunition to outbid opposing teams in pulling off a trade.
Acquiring the first pick and selecting Cade Cunningham will provide rising star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander a running mate for years. Cunningham would ease some of the ball-handling pressure for SGA as the young stud is one of the best in his draft class and would give the Thunder a formidable duo.
The former Cowboy is the crown jewel of this year’s draft as he showed a lot of promise and potential during his college days in Oklahoma State His court vision, high basketball IQ, and overall feel for the game are attributes that separate him from the other point guards in this year’s draft.
— OSU Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) June 10, 2021
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— USC Men's Basketball (@USC_Hoops) June 18, 2021
Evan Mobley on the other hand is a very versatile player who showed two-way potential while playing for the Trojans. The athletic big man’s interior defense is pretty scary for his age as he averaged 2.9 blocks in 33 college games for USC last season. Mobley also showed some versatility in defense as he was able to switch up on smaller guards. Drafting Mobley would form a deadly duo alongside SGA by calling a lot of pick and roll plays.
Who will the Thunder end up with?