The Oklahoma City Thunder quickly emerged as one of the best stories of the 2023-24 NBA season. Despite being the second-youngest team in the league, the Thunder established themselves as legitimate contenders and finished with the best record in the Western Conference. Unfortunately, their run in the playoffs was ended by the Dallas Mavericks. But, Oklahoma City does have a nice consolation prize. The Thunder's pick in the 2024 NBA Draft does rest inside the lottery at 12th overall.

Sam Presti acquired this Thunder pick as a result of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook swap with the Houston Rockets in the summer of 2019. It's just one of many first-rounders that he and Oklahoma City have in their treasure chest of draft capital. The Thunder have plenty of great options to choose from with this pick to help improve their team. Standing pat and adding to their frontcourt with any of these players seems like the best course of action.

Draft Cody Williams

If there's anybody in the 2024 Draft that Oklahoma City would be familiar with, it would be Cody Williams. That's because he is the brother of current Thunder star Jalen Williams. Cody's game does have some similarities to his brother's as well. He's got ideal size on the wing after favorable measurements at the NBA Combine.

Williams is also an outstanding offensive creator. He looks the part of a potential three-level scorer and his numbers reinforce that. Williams averaged 16.8 points per 40 minutes in his lone season at Colorado and was efficient from all parts of the floor. He shot 55.2% from the field, 58.8% on twos, 41.5% from three, and 71.4% from the free throw line. The free throw percentage does leave a bit to be desired, but his proficiency everywhere else would seem to indicate that will improve with time as well.

There could be some positional overlap between Williams, his brother, and the numerous other guards on Oklahoma City's roster. Williams also registered more turnovers (48) than assists (38) in his freshman campaign. He isn't a perfect prospect, but he also was considered a top-five prospect at one point this year. He should fit in the Thunder's roster and culture quite well.

Draft Zach Edey

Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15) attempts a shot during the Men's NCAA national championship game against the Connecticut Huskies at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on April 8, 2024.
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An area where the Thunder really got exposed was their lack of size on the interior. Chet Holmgren anchored Oklahoma City's defense quite well, but they got killed on the glass by the Mavericks. In their closeout Game 6 loss, Dallas registered 14 offensive rebounds. For the playoffs, the Thunder have a rebound percentage of 47.5%. That's the fourth-worst mark in the league among playoff teams.

Purdue's Zach Edey would help tremendously in that department. All he did was gobble rebounds and clobber big men in the paint. To that point, Edey posted a rebound percentage of 22.7% during his college career. Among players who played in at least 20 games for the Thunder this season, the leader in rebound percentage was Holmgren at 13.2%.

Edey is also a highly productive and skilled interior scorer. He put up 22.3 points per game in his junior season and bumped that number up to 25.2 points last season. Everyone felt Edey's wrath in Purdue's road to the national championship, including potential top-five pick Donovan Clingan.

Edey put up 37 points and 10 rebounds in Purdue's loss to UConn in that game. However, he did showcase to the basketball world he can score and overpower anybody. Edey also made huge strides defensively last season too. He and Holmgren would complement each other very well and give the Thunder a new dimension.

Draft Tristan da Silva

Maybe if one Colorado Buffalo isn't available for the Thunder they could take a different one. Tristan da Silva represents the PJ Washington-type of forward that this team badly lacks. He's got great size at 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds and can really play.

da Silva doesn't need the ball to be productive but can also create a bit for himself and spread the floor. He has the perfect game to play off of the Thunder's group of stars. He'd be an outstanding pick and fit for this team.