It's still well over 6 months until drafting the next draft picks but since it's now 2019, I thought it could be cool to recap who OKC have selected from the first round over the last ten years.
Here is the list and a brief summary of all Oklahoma City Thunder first-round draft picks, as well as a few career highlights.
Some proved great, others didn't but I guess that's how it is.
2009 - James Harden
James Harden was selected third overall in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft. He recorded the fourth highest 3-point percentage in NBA history (.375) for a player under the age of 21 (min. of 150 attempts) during the 2009–10 season. In betting terms, he had an edge over the rest of the league.
Harden connected on seven straight 3-point field goals over two games (November 18 and November 20), recording the most consecutive 3-point makes by a rookie since Houston guard Michael Dickerson made eight straight in May 1999.
However, he was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012 after failing to agree on a contract extension with OKC.
2009 - Rodrigue Beaubois
Beaubois was an early entry candidate for the 2007 and 2008 NBA draft before pulling out of the running. He then reentered the draft in 2009 and was selected 25th overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, he was subsequently traded, along with a future 2nd round draft pick, to the Dallas Mavericks for Byron Mullens, the 24th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.
2010 - Eric Bledsoe
2010 - Craig Brackins
Brackins was drafted 21st int he first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. He wasn't around for too long though. In July, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a deal to acquire Cole Alrich and Morris Peterson.
2010 - Quincy Pondexter
Quincy Pondexter was also drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft but was used as part of the above trade to the Hornets.
2011 - Reggie Jackson
In the 2011 NBA Draft, OKC selected Reggie Jackson with the 24th overall pick. Jackson saw limited action in his first season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging just 11.1 minutes over 45 games playing behind Russell Westbrook and Eric Maynor and ended up most of 2012 in the NBA Development League with the Tulsa 66ers.
In 2013, he became a starter for OKC thanks to an injury to Westbrook and he went on to average 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists a game.
2012 - Perry Jones
Perry Jones was a projected lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft but ultimately fell down the pecking order, being selected 28th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his rookie season, he spent most of his time with the Tulsa 66ers in the Development League.
His career never really took off in Oklahoma and was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for a conditional 2018 second-round pick.
2013 - Steven Adams
In 2013, Steven Adams was selected with the 12th overall pick in the NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, becoming the first New Zealander to be selected in the first round of an NBA draft.
On 31 October 2016, Adams signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension with the Thunder. He is the first player on this list to remain with OKC.
2013 - Archie Goodwin
On June 27, 2013, Goodwin was chosen by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. His playing rights were then traded to the Golden State Warriors, before finally to the Phoenix Suns, all on draft night.
2014 - Mitch McGary
Mitch McGary was drafted 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2014 NBA Draft. A few weeks before the season started, McGary suffered a foot injury, keeping him out of action for 6 weeks.
His unfortunate injury record prevented him from reaching his full potential during his time at OKC.
In 2016, McGary was suspended for five games by the NBA for a failed drug test. Two months later, he was suspended for an additional 10 games for non-compliance with the league's drug policy.
On October 24, 2016, following preseason, McGary was waived by the Thunder.
2014 - Josh Huestis
John Huestis was selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder but was ultimately selected for the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA Development League.
Huestis was then re-signed by the Thunder in 2015 and made his NBA debut in March 2016.
During his rookie and sophomore seasons, Huestis received multiple assignments to the Oklahoma City Blue. He was one of the first domestic draft-and-stash prospects, playing for the Blue instead of heading overseas to develop. Huestis saw a vast increase in his minutes during the 2017-18 season, playing in 69 games and becoming a regular part of the player rotation.
In October 2018, Huestis signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
2015 - Cameron Payne
On June 25 2015, Cameron Payne was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Later that year, Payne moved back and forth between OKC Blue in the D-League before settling with the Thunder.
In the Thunder's regular season finale on April 12, 2016, Payne recorded career highs of 17 points and seven assists in a 102–98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
2016 - Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis was selected 11th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2016 NBA draft but was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Ersan İlyasova and Victor Oladipo for Serge Ibaka on draft night.
2017 - Terrance Ferguson
On June 22, 2017, Terrance Ferguson was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
In November later that year, Ferguson was assigned to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League. He was recalled the next day.
On January 3, 2018, in his first career start, Ferguson scored a career-high 24 points in a 133–96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.