The 202 NBA draft is right around the corner and they’re probably in the best position they’ve ever been in.
General manager Sam Presti and the Thunder’s No. 2 and No. 12 picks are looking to continue bolstering their ranks in hopes of one day returning to the NBA Finals.
While the best prospects are hot products, here are some of the top twelve options:
Option 1, Gabriele Procida
An Italian winger who has spent the last year playing electrically for Fortitude Kontatto Bologna, Procida is as smooth as can be.
It has NBA-designed play, with slick grips, play and shot creation, and 3-point shooting to match. He is 6ft 6in and only 19 years old.
Presti could very well have his eye on Procida at 30, but it’s very possible he’ll be out of the picture by then.
Option 2, Patrick Baldwin Jr.
A long-winded, well-built shooter who struggled in his first campaign in Milwaukee, Baldwin Jr. is probably one of the riskiest picks in the draft.
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The 6-foot-10 was highly touted out of high school, but struggled mightily in his lone varsity season — to the point that he could return for another varsity season. He showed real promise offensively in pre-season and before.
If he’s there, however, Presti could take a huge turn in drafting the former sniper.
Option 3, Ishmael Kamagate
A very driving defensive-minded center who could be perfect for the NBA’s small-ball future, Kamagate could attract Presti’s attention.
At 6-foot-11, Kamagate averaged 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for Paris Basketball. Its engine hasn’t seemed to wear out yet and it’s a dominant and nimble rim protector.
He’s not special on the offensive end, but should work well in transition, and potentially in the pick-and-roll. He wouldn’t be asked to do much for OKC, and he could be exactly what Presti is looking for at No.30.
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