Another day, another mock draft....but this one has the Thunder taking a big man for the first time.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman released his Mock Draft 5.0 and has Oklahoma City drafting Wisconsin 7-footer, Frank Kaminsky.
Sam Presti can afford to go with the best player on the board, and the skilled 7-footer, who is coming off a National Player of the Year campaign, is just that.
Kaminsky was the focal point on Wisconsin's strong roster for the past two years, especially during his senior season when he averaged 18.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds. The big man finished off his final year as a Badger with a trip to the NCAA Championship before Duke knocked off the team in red.
Kaminsky has been drawing interest for a while due to his combo of size and shooting stroke. He shot 41.6% on three pointers last season, a greater number than most wing prospects. Aside from his range, Kaminsky has a soft touch around the basket and advanced footwork.
What he lacks is defense and athleticism. Kaminsky was never the type to make plays that would leave fans roaring, but he gets the job done. While his defense isn't a standout attribute of his, he isn't too much of a liability. The only situation that I wouldn't want to see Kaminsky in is with Enes Kanter, a defensive turnstile, by his side. They would make for a deadly scoring duo but wouldn't contribute much on the other side.
DraftExpress has noted Kaminsky's offensive versatility:
What makes Kaminsky a unique prospect revolves heavily around the versatility and efficiency he displays on the offensive end. He is a matchup problem every time he steps on the court, an extremely skilled 7-footer who opposing teams need to game-plan for at all times. His ability to handle, shoot, pass and score from anywhere on the floor gives him terrific flexibility to be utilized in different lineups and half-court sets, which is increasingly valuable and sought after in today's NBA game.
If Kamisnky is available at the 14th pick, by all means I would support this pick. He is one of the more talented players in the entire draft class and is someone they can't let slip out of the lottery.