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Oklahoma City Draft Board

The NBA Draft is an important part of the calendar for many franchises as it is a demarcation of the start of the new season. The Draft represents an opportunity for a team to strike it rich and acquire new talent who can provide a franchise with either immediate impact for contending teams or a franchise cornerstone for a team that is rebuilding. The Thunder clearly falls into the first category, it is a contending side that needs a draft pick to make an immediate impact for a franchise that has been scuffling for the past few years. Oklahoma City has consistently under-performed over the last three years by losing three play-off series against beatable opponents. The bench has been a consistent issue for Sam Presti who has struggled to find bench contributors like a Fred VanVleet who are a net positive for a contending team.

Oklahoma City has worked out twenty prospects who could be taken with the 21st pick in the draft but the primary roster needs are a consistent shooter from distance and a versatile big man. It is likely that Nerlens Noel will opt out of his contract and choose to enter free agency in order to get a longer-term with greater security. Moreover, the Thunder as a team have struggled with shooting the ball from distance for the last three years. The reason for this is the roster construction by Sam Presti. Presti has built a roster that is designed to be a forest of limbs that plays tough defence and is hyper-athletic. The last three first-round exits prove that this vision needs tweaking. The Thunder's poor shooting has been consistently exploited in the play-offs and a shooter taken in this draft would go some way to negating this weakness.

The common model for versatile big men in the NBA is Brook Lopez. Lopez who was drafted out of Stanford College in 2008 is a low-usage high-efficiency centre who can do a little bit of everything. He can score in a variety of ways, defend the interior effectively and gives you just enough defence on the perimeter. This type of big man has become incredibly valuable in today's NBA which has been shown by players such as Brook Lopez, Joel Embiid and Marc Gasol all being highly successful in the play-offs.

The type of shooter which is highly desirable in today's NBA would be a shooter who can shoot coming off screens and is comfortable taking off-balance jumpers. The best example of a recent draft pick who fits this archetype would be Landry Shamet who was taken with the 26th pick in the 2018 Draft. Shamet who spent three seasons at Wichita State was chosen by the Sixers and became a valuable contributor immediately. Shamet's shooting was a boon for a side that struggled with spacing offensively because of Ben Simmons' inability to space the floor. It meant that he became a valuable trade chip in a trade for Tobias Harris who was a borderline All-Star player last season.

In my previous post about draft options, I broke down three players who I think could be interesting choices at the 21st pick. Matisse Thybulle, Brandon Clarke and Tyler Herro were all picked apart in my last post so I will focus on the players who have been worked out by the Thunder in the past weeks.

The List of Players worked out is below:

  • Cameron Johnson SF
  • Dylan Windler SF
  • Daniel Gafford C
  • Talen Horton-Tucker SF
  • Jalen McDaniels SF
  • Jalen Lecque PG
  • Oshae Brissett SF
  • Jordan Poole SG
  • Harry Froling C
  • Jarrell Brantley PF
  • Justin Simon PG
  • LaGerald Vick SG
  • Marques Bolden C
  • Martin Krampelj SF
  • Matt Mooney PG
  • Jalen Pickett SG
  • Joe Wieskamp SF
  • Myles Powell PG
  • Skylar Mays PG LSU Junior
  • Steven Enoch C Louisville Junior
Cameron Johnson: 6'9, 210 lbs, UNC Senior

Cameron Johnson is one of the more intriguing options in the draft in the sense that nobody has been able to predict where he will go in the draft. There have been scouts who believe that he could go in the lottery but then there are other pundits who feel that Johnson's age means that he will be a second round pick. The key details to note about Johnson is that he is college senior who is a skilled shooter. From the college three, Johnson hit 81.8% from the free throw line which is a key indicator in terms of projecting the ability to shoot from distance in the NBA. From this number and also Johnson's three-point percentage (45.7%), it is pretty clear that Johnson can shoot the ball. The important aspect about Johnson's shooting to note is that he is more than capable shooting on the move and being able to get a good shot off the dribble. This would be an invaluable asset for the Thunder who only have one player currently who is capable of shooting from deep on the bounce, the majority of the Thunder's roster require set shots in the corner in order to be effective.

Johnson also has good physical size for his position as he stands 6'9 and has an adequate wingspan. This could be useful in terms of his ability to switch onto different targets defensively, a player who is 6'9 can defend positions 2-4 comfortably. However, Johnson is not an outstanding athlete by any means. His game tape from UNC shows that he is a good athlete but most definitely not an elite athlete like the previous Thunder draftees. Cameron Johnson may struggle to create separation off screens and could be limited defensively. There are a number of hyper athletes from 2-4 who could potentially roast Johnson on defence which may render him unplayable in certain situations.

Johnson's mentals also need to be considered. On occasion at UNC, Johnson seemed passive offensively and was content to go with the flow of the game instead of pushing to create scoring opportunities. This usually manifested itself in Johnson not drawing enough free throws in games as there were times where he was passive. In a role with a Thunder, he would largely expected to be a shooter instead of a slasher but this point needs to be considered if Billy Donovan designs a bigger role in the offence for Cam. However, Johnson has been praised by college basketball journalists and his team-mates for his maturity as a player.

As it stands, I think that Cameron Johnson is a great draft choice due to his shooting ability which would greatly aid the Thunder. There are some issues with Johnson's size as a potential swingman as he has a slender frame and his passivity. However, I expect that the Thunder training staff can design a program in which Johnson develops his body and can take the physical grind of the league.

Dylan Windler: 6'7, 200 lbs, Belmont Senior

Dylan Windler is a relative unknown in college basketball circles even with Belmont's appearance in the NCAA Tournament this year. Windler is not a known name like a Nassir Little or Cam Reddish but his overall work at Belmont is pretty impressive. It must be noted that Belmont do not play in a Power conference and therefore do not have a tough league schedule during the season. Belmont play in the Ohio Valley Conference which contains teams such as Murray State and Morehead State who are not ranked to be some of the toughest teams in college. Therefore it can be said that Windler did not face top level competition during the college season which could inflate his numbers slightly.

The core base of Windler's game is his ability to shoot the ball. Windler shot 42.9% from three last year and his free throw percentage at the line (84.7%) suggest that he will project to be a talented shooter in the NBA. The Belmont Senior largely displays the same sort of skills that Cam Johnson does as a shooter in terms of the ability to move off-ball and knock the long ball but I would argue that Windler has a cleaner shooting motion. Windler's shooting motion has a very good release point in which he gets arc on the jump shot instead of shooting the ball in a flatter arc, this is a small detail to note but it means that Windler's shot is more likely to get caroms and bounce in.

However, Windler is not an elite athlete who has pretty poor lateral speed. In the college season, Windler was noted for using his game intelligence to make up for the lack of foot speed that he possesses. This will be difficult to achieve in the NBA where the game is more intricate and players are more athletic. In a role as a bench shooter with the Thunder, Windler could be a negative defensive presence as teams will key in and target him. He will not had the lateral speed to get to a spot before the opposing player gets there. This would seriously affect Billy Donovan's choice of lineups as Donovan cannot pair a negative like Westbrook with another negative defender in the back-court.

As a whole, Windler's shooting is impressive but I am not sold on his rate of success at the NBA level. I think that there are issues with Windler defensively that cannot be ignored by the Thunder as it would just leak points every single minute. The difference between Windler and Johnson is that Johnson has proven to be adequate defender and has the tools to be a passable defender.

Daniel Gafford: 6'11, 233 lbs, Arkansas Sophomore

Gafford has received a lot of hype from college basketball pundits for his athleticism and how he uses the athleticism to be productive defensively. For the Arkansas Razorbacks, Gafford has been a defensive presence at the rim in terms of using his wingspan to alter shots and block shots. The length around the rim was hugely valuable for Arizona as they held opponents to 72.3 points per game. Strong defensive ability is always valuable and the athletic ability displayed could suggest what Gafford could be moulded into.

Daniel Gafford's game has a lot of similarities to DeAndre Jordan in the sense that both players are defensive units and raw offensively. Daniel Gafford has an undeveloped offensive game as he relied on his athleticism to dominate throughout college and high school, this lack of offensive game will be a stumbling block at the NBA level. The Thunder could feasibly develop his game into being a low-usage, high-efficiency centre who catches lobs and uses his athleticism to be a defensive force. This would be similar to the role that Nerlens Noel played on the Thunder this season.

However, Gafford will be unlikely to develop any form of mid-range game as a big man. Gafford has poor shooting form which is represented by his free throw percentage last season in which he shot 59.1% from the free throw line. Gafford's shot would need some serious work in order to be successful as a shooter who can stretch out to the mid-range and knock down jump shots on occasion. In the NBA Finals, we have seen that this is valuable tool for big man. Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka both made important contributions with steady consistent scoring from mid-range and three. The Thunder will need to consider this issue if they choose to draft Gafford, it would be another person who cannot spread the floor at all and will cause more issues in terms of offensive scheming.

Gafford would be a good Nerlens Noel replacement in terms of defensive activity and shot-blocking but his offensive game will need serious work in order to be successful at the NBA level. This will not be an area of improvement that could be solved within one season and will likely take a few years in order to get his offence effective. For a team like the Thunder who need to win now, this could be an issue if they expect immediate contributions.

Talen Horton Tucker: 6'4, 233 lbs, Iowa State Freshman

Tucker is different to all of the players listed above as he is a freshman and is a one and done college player. Tucker projects as a combo guard in the NBA who can play-make and is a pest defensively. The size of Tucker means that he can contest shots comfortably and steal the ball using his long wingspan. Tucker projects as a typical Presti draft pick is a lengthy, gritty defender but cannot shoot the ball at all. Tucker shot 40.6% from the field last season and does not have the explosiveness to get to the rim with ease. It is possible to be a poor shooter if you have the elite first step to beat opponents and get to the rim, Tucker does not have this ability. As a player, he would be a lot of work for the Thunder in terms of developing a crafty offensive game that could potentially off-set his lack of athleticism. He is a physical defensive unit but he does not make much sense for the Thunder to draft.

Oklahoma City already has good defensive wings who can chase around the best player on the opposing side and make their lives difficult. A player like Tucker is not necessary for the Thunder and does not reflect the roster needs that currently exist. Tucker's weight also worries me as a fan. He carries around a lot of weight for a guard defender which is fine at the college level where there are plenty of average athletes, this would be an issue at the NBA level where every single player has good athletic ability. This could indicate that Tucker has conditioning issues which would be another issue for NBA teams to manage, moreover it could suggest that Tucker does not treat his diet or body with the correct level of professionalism.

Tucker would be a project who cannot produce immediately and would need time to mature into an NBA player. For a rebuilding team, this could be an interesting second round flyer who could be acquired and brought along slowly but he is not a suitable draft pick for the Thunder. The Thunder do not need any more projects while the window of opportunity starts to close.

Jalen McDaniels: 6'10, 195 lbs, San Diego State Sophomore

Jalen McDaniels is a strong athlete who turned in a solid second season at SDSU, his finishing at the rim is a particular highlight. McDaniels has been scouted by professional scouts numerous times and they come to the conclusion that he is a good finisher around the rim who can play-make as a secondary creator. This would be valuable for the Thunder in terms of adding another creator who can handle the ball. The Thunder would have more opportunities to run more of motion offence instead of the isolation style that Billy Donovan has doggedly pursued over the last three years.

McDaniels is limited as a shooter ( 32.0% from three) but his free throw numbers do suggest that there is room for improvement in that regard. However, Jalen McDaniels will likely not develop the shooting touch displayed by Cam Johnson or Dylan Windler in terms of being to shoot on the move. The other aspect about McDaniels' offensive game that needs to be considered is that his size could be an issue in the NBA. McDaniels has a skinny frame and will be bodied which could mean that his finishing around the rim takes a hit. It is possible that as soon as McDaniels takes a few hits on offence, he will become passive and avoid all contact.

There is also a pressing issue regarding McDaniels' background. McDaniels currently has a lawsuit outstanding in regards to filming sexual activity without consent from the two women who were the other parties. This suggests that McDaniels is an immature character who could be a distraction and a poor influence on other young players on the Thunder's roster.

Jalen McDaniels is solid option in terms of picking up a secondary creator but the Thunder do not get anything else for their first-round pick right now. The Thunder need immediate impact and a secondary creator who is a specialist does not make enough of marginal improvement which makes the Thunder better as a whole.

Jalen Lecque: 6'4, 185 lbs, Brewster High School

Jalen Lecque is a fifth year high school senior who has chosen to forego college and jump straight to the NBA. Lecque is 18 and is one year past his high school graduation and therefore is eligible to be drafted in the NBA. It is pretty hard to get a read on Lecque's abilities as he is in high school and not many scouts predict that he'll be drafted by an NBA team due to obvious issues. The common issue which has been highlighted about Lecque is that he lives for highlight moments instead of being committed to playing a disciplined, productive game. At a high school or even college level, a coach can live with this type of effort as the competition will not punish these mistakes as often as an NBA team would. For the Thunder, this would be a serious problem if Lecque received real playing time as his mistakes could lead to leads going away very quickly and deficits growing very quickly. Lecque being taken in the first round would mean that he would spend an extended period of time in the G-League which is not what the Thunder needs right now.

The main plus point about Lecque is that he is an outstanding athlete who can break down a defence with his speed. In many ways, he reminds me of Dennis Smith Jr in his ability to finish around the rim and use changes in pace to catch defences off guard. This is valuable tool to have but it is unlikely that raw athleticism alone will be able to overcome NBA defences especially with a player who has not fully developed into an NBA body.

The Thunder would draft Lecque if they wanted a project but honestly I don't think that this project is particularly worthwhile. It would take two years at the least to develop Lecque into being a rotation level NBA player and by that point the championship window is gone. Westbrook's athleticism will be done for and George could be out of the door.

Oshae Brissett: 6'8, 210 lbs, Syracuse

Oshae Brissett is a very good college player who has collected a lot of double doubles wearing Syracuse Orange over the last season. Brissett's strong performances have been really important in sustaining a Syracuse team which had looked dreadfully inconsistent over the last season especially as they have dealt with the up and down performances by the Syracuse guards. However, Brissett's performances defensively at the college level can not be used as a predictor for his ability to defend at the NBA Level. Syracuse plays almost exclusively in a zone defence which is important to note when considering the team's defensive rating. Syracuse is known to be a stingy defence and all of their players are stingy defenders in a zone system. Brissett is an exceptional zone defender but zone defence is very rarely used in the NBA.

Zone defence does not work in the NBA as there are superior athletes who can split defenders and break the zone with ease. The other fatal flaw of the zone is that there are talented shooters across the board in the NBA who will happily take uncontested shots from outside. This would mean that Brissett's ability in a zone is not all that useful. Moreover, Syracuse playing a zone means that we do not actually know whether Brissett can defend man to man effectively for long periods of time. This is a serious question mark as teams play man defence in the NBA, a player who gets roasted in that defensive scheme is significantly limited in terms of their value.

Brissett is not a player who I would expect to be taken with the 21st pick, he has not displayed adequate man defence skills that will make him valuable in the league. I could see a team chancing their arm on Brissett in the second round.

Jordan Poole: 6'4, 190 lbs, Michigan

Jordan Poole had a hugely successful season with Michigan as they made a run to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. Poole's ability to shoot the ball from outside was a key reason for why Michigan operated at such an efficient rate. Michigan had an efficient offence under Coach Belien and the ability to space the floor is an important reason for the effective offence. Poole as a shooter projects to be effective at the NBA level, he shot 83.3% from the free throw line but the one aspect about Poole which stands out is that he is not afraid to let it fly from outside. A lot of college players do not shoot the three in volume as that is not the emphasis of coaching. Coach Belien has a different philosophy in which he encouraged good shots not a specific type of shot. It meant that Poole took 5.5 3PA and made 2 3P per game. These types of numbers are encouraging in terms of indicating that Poole is more than comfortable in settling into a microwave role.

At Michigan, Poole was known to be a scorer who could put points on the board quickly as he hit stretches of form where it seemed like he could not miss. That type of player always has a place in the NBA, a pure scorer who can be relied upon to get buckets is invaluable. The best example of that would be Lou Williams who was arguably the Clippers' best player this season. The Thunder's bench unit has ranked pretty low in terms of scoring over the last three seasons, a scorer would go a long way to improve the bench unit's production.

Poole is limited by a few glaring issues. The first being that Poole largely remains on the perimeter and makes no attempt to drive inside for buckets. This means that his game is predictable offensively and defences can quickly work out strategies to nullify this aspect of his game. The other key weakness is that Poole is undersized to play as a two guard. Poole is only 6'4 which would present match-up issues against taller swingman such as Klay Thompson or Jimmy Butler. Poole's height would also mean that the Thunder will have a small guard rotation with the exception of Terrance Ferguson, this would limit Billy's ability to produce different lineups.

The last point to be noted about Jordan Poole is a general point, Michigan players often disappoint in the NBA. Coach Belien is a fantastic coach who knows how to maximise a roster and extract every last drop of talent from a player. This is one of the reasons why Michigan consistently out-perform expectations and are perennial contenders. The side effect of this is that players who are mediocre at the NBA level look brilliant at Michigan. The most notable example of this is Nik Stauskas who was projected to be an above average NBA talent and is now just a rotation player.

Jordan Poole as a player would be an interesting option for the Thunder if they wanted to add additional scoring to the bench unit. The Thunder would give up points defensively as Poole does not have the physical size to be effective against larger two guards so Sam Presti would need to consider that trade-off.

Harry Froling: 6'9, Adelaide 36ers, Australia

Harry Froling is an intriguing option in the sense that he is not a traditional centre by any means. Froling does not have outstanding athleticism and poor lateral quickness but his skill level is far above any of other centres who could be drafted in 2019. Jonathan Givony of ESPN noted that Froling has a soft touch and a natural feel for the game especially when it comes to passing the ball. The versatile game that Froling possesses is pretty exciting as it would give the Thunder a lot of options offensively. Froling has the shooting form to stretch out to the mid-range and potentially into three-point territory, the Thunder could run pick and pop jumpers all day with Froling. The other interesting aspect of his game is that he is an excellent screener. Froling is noted for setting bruising screens that gets guards plenty of separation.

I would say that Harry Froling is similar to Jokic in the sense that neither player is outstanding physically but they have a high skill level which most centres have not developed. However, Froling does have some clear limitations in his game. Froling's lack of speed could make it difficult for him to keep up with smaller power forwards and his lack of size will make it difficult for him to guard centres on a regular basis. This could be remedied with Froling losing weight so that he will solely guard power forwards but I do not fancy his chances against small forwards like LeBron or Kawhi who can play up position at the 4. The other issue regarding Froling is that his lack of lateral speed could make it difficult for him to guard in space. Big men in the NBA have to be able to guard in space off the pick and roll as that particular play has become a staple of any offence. Froling's smarts will cover his lack of speed in some cases but I would be really worried if he played against a hyper athletic guard who can breeze by him.

I like Harry Froling's game as he has great basketball IQ and has proven that he is successful as a professional basketball player. Froling was the NBL Rookie of the Year in which he consistently turned in good showings against grown men who have been professionals for a long time. He would be a good pick-up for the Thunder because of his intelligence and versatility on offence, the only worry that I would have is about his physical limitations.

Jarrell Brantley: 6'7, 255 lbs, Charleston Senior

Jarrell Brantley was an unknown for me until I began looking into the scouting reports and his numbers that he produced in college. From a purely numerical perspective Brantley is unremarkable especially when the type of college competition that Charleston played is considered. However, Brantley made an impact at the Portsmouth Invitational which led to him shooting up mock drafts for many people. Brantley has good size, above average athleticism and is talented at using his size to bully his way to the rim for efficient looks. At Portsmouth, scouts remarked that he was an efficient scorer whose shot selection masked his weaknesses which is streaky shooting from outside.

Brantley did not shoot all that well at Charleston, in fact he hit just 32.8% from outside in his final season in college. This figure is not that encouraging in terms of his fit with the Thunder which is already a team starved for spacing. The only crumb of comfort that can be taken from Brantley's raw numbers is that his free throw percentage (78.5%) suggests that there could be some improvement at the NBA level provided that he receives the right kind of development work.

However, Brantley is not fast moving laterally and lacks speedy feet which would be needed to defend on the perimeter effectively. For the Thunder, that could be a deal-breaker as it would mean that faster wing players could breeze by him for easy finishes at the rim.

As a whole, I am not keen on Jarrell Brantley, he doesn't have the type of shooting that I think that the Thunder desperately needs. It is possible that Brantley develops a shot but his development curve does not fit the Thunder's window. Brantley may need two or three years to develop an effective jump shot and the Thunder's window will close as Westbrook's athleticism diminishes. That could be within the next two years when Westbrook's injury history is considered.

Justin Simon: 6'5, 215 lbs, St John's

Justin Simon is good size for the guard position and was a defensive force in the Big East Conference for St John's. Simon is an interesting case as he transferred from Arizona after his freshman to St John's. His time at St John's has been inconsistent, last season he looked very good as he consistently knocked down the three-ball while playing tight defence. In the 2017-18 season, Simon shot 41.7% from outside and averaged 2.5 steals across thirty three games. These type of numbers are impressive but they need some context. In the current season, Justin Simon's production took a huge dip as he shot just 28.7% from outside and averaged 1.5 steals across thirty three games. This is alarming from a potential first-round pick as it does not show any progression across their time at college. The stats show regression and that the prior season is an outlier from the mean.

Simon is always a risky proposition due to the fact that there is very little information about him as a player. I have not been able to find a scouting report on Simon which details his strengths and weaknesses. From the footage available, it is clear to see that Simon is a decent athlete who is happy to make plays in transition and drive to the rim. This type of player would be useful to the Thunder but Simon has one glaring issue which would limit his impact. Simon's shooting motion will need a lot of work. His shot is pretty messy on release as his off-hand seems to affect the shot's trajectory.

Simon as a player would be fairly useful to the Thunder. His athletic ability opens up the option to have a secondary ball-handler who can breeze past defenders and finish at the rim. His handle needs to be tighter and his finishing at the rim could be craftier, Simon does not get enough arc on the lay-up on occasion which means that big man could block his shot easily. I do not think that he is a first-round pick by any means, he needs way too much work to be worth the cost of selecting him in the first-round.

LaGerald Vick: 6'5, 190 lbs, Kansas

Vick is an athletic shoot-first guard out of Kansas who has spent four years playing for the Jayhawks. Vick displayed serious deep shooting ability at Kansas as he knocked down 45.5% of his threes last season and could shoot from way behind the college line. This will stand him in good stead for playing in the NBA where the three-point arc is much further back as Vick is already used to the greater distance. The impressive aspect about Vick's game is his ability to shoot on the move. At Kansas, the coaching staff opted to have Vick operate off ball as he ran through screens and then operated as a secondary play-maker. He did really well in knocking down this type of shot but was pretty poor in terms of making plays off the dribble. Vick's shooting would be useful for the Thunder and could possibly be used in a role where he operates as a pure shooter who spaces the floor.

Vick does have some concerns which cannot be ignored. Even though Vick spent four years at Kansas and became comfortable with the offence, there were times where he drifted in and out of an offence. This would be a worry for a Thunder side who need consistency from shooters so that the team's spacing does not completely fall apart. The passivity was not limited to the offensive end, Vick would sometimes lose focus defensively and completely zone out. The other major concern with Vick is his inability to create off the dribble efficiently. This would not be an issue immediately but this could be an obstacle in his longer-term development.

Vick is a talented player who will probably be taken in the draft but I am not sure if he has displayed enough consistency over this last season to prove that he deserves a first-round pick. He is a talented shooter but so are some of the other names who have been worked out by the Thunder, the difference is that the other guys have displayed a little more consistency.

Marques Bolden: 6'11, 250 lbs, Duke

Bolden is an interesting option in terms of providing a back-up centre for Steven Adams. He profiles as a rim-running big man who is a talented interior defender given his athletic ability and defensive smarts that he has displayed in three seasons at Duke. As a limited minutes big man who has primarily come off the bench, Bolden was an effective energy player for a Duke team that occasionally needed a more mature player to steady the ship. Bolden could potentially be a direct replacement for Nerlens Noel with his ability to finish around the rim and interior defence.

However, Bolden fouls way too much and struggles with any form of perimeter defence. The few times in which Bolden found himself in space defending on the perimeter, he did not look at all comfortable. This would be a serious concern in today's NBA in which players hunt out mismatches and attack defenders who cannot defend in space. Bolden being switched onto a defender like Harden would be disastrous. Billy Donovan would have to tweak his defensive system in order to accommodate this need which is just another complication for a team that has two guards in the form of Westbrook and Schroeder who are poor defensively. Bolden being foul-prone would be par for the course for a Thunder that already fouls way too much. The Thunder need a draft pick that does not fall into these tendencies so that opponents cannot just sit at the line and earn easy points.

Bolden's skills and potential projection as a defensive specialist would be somewhat valuable in terms of shoring up the inside for the Thunder. However, Bolden does not have many uses after that. He can't make plays, is turnover-prone and does not spread the floor at all.

Martin Krampelj: 6'9, 235 lbs, Creighton

Krampelj is an unknown to me, he does not have any footage available on YouTube and no scouts have produced a scouting report on the guy so it is pretty difficult to come to a fair assessment about his abilities. The basic information about Krampelj is that he is from Slovenia and has played four years at Creighton where he was primarily used as a post player. In his last season at Creighton, Greg McDermott embraced more shooting as a concept which meant that Krampelj began to space the floor. He hit 37% of his threes last season which is solid for big man. I am not sure about any other of his other tendencies as I do not watch Creighton basketball and therefore can't make a judgement on him fairly.

Matt Mooney: 6'3, 200 lbs, Texas Tech

Matt Mooney was a key component in the Texas Tech that managed to get to the NCAA Tournament Finals before eventually losing to the pressure machine that is Virginia. Mooney was a graduate transfer who chose to join Chris Beard's program as the team primed itself for a deep run in March. The best aspect of Mooney's game is his feel for the game. Mooney fills a point guard role exceptionally as he balances scoring with getting his team-mates involved, it could be interesting for Mooney to operate alongside Dennis Schroder in the second unit. Schroder would be empowered to surely score the ball while Mooney did the primary play-making. A player who has good feel for the game is always valuable when it comes to controlling a basketball game and making sure that the entire team is in a groove.

Mooney is not a fantastic athlete which means that he will struggle against some of the athletic monsters at the point guard position. He will definitely struggle against a player like De'Aaron Fox or Dennis Smith Jr who have that explosive first step to get past Mooney. Moreover, Mooney does not have first step that is explosive enough to get separation from defenders on drives. This will limit the offensive sets that the Thunder can run while Matt Mooney is out on the floor.

I think that Mooney is a versatile talent at the point guard but because of his lack of athleticism and draft age will fall in the draft. I expect him to be a second round pick or undrafted as teams do not usually use a first round pick to acquire an old, unathletic player in the first round. The Thunder should take a flyer on him for Summer League in Vegas.

Jalen Pickett: 6'4, 190 lbs, Siena

Jalen Pickett chose to return to school after the G-League Camp. He will not be eligible to be drafted.

Joe Wieskamp: 6'6, 190 lbs, Iowa

Joe Wieskamp chose to return to Iowa after pulling his name from the draft on 22/05/2019. He will retain his college eligibility

Myles Powell: 6'2, 195 lbs, Seton Hall

Myles Powell has chosen to return to Seton Hall for his final year of college eligibility.

Skylar Mays: 6'4, 200 lbs, LSU

Skylar Mays has withdrawn his name from the draft and will return to LSU.

Steven Enoch: 6'10, 250 lbs, Louisville

Steven Enoch has withdrawn his name from the draft and will return to Louisville.

That is all of the prospects who the Thunder have worked out over the last few weeks and the majority of them are probable second rounders, most of the players have too many weaknesses to be worth the opportunity cost of a first-round pick. However, there are three stand-out players from the list of players who have worked out for the Thunder. Harry Froling, Cam Johnson and Jordan Poole all look to be players who fit the criteria of what the Thunder are looking for. Each player is a mature individual who can immediately contribute within a team and do not need a lot of development time in order to be effective in the NBA. The other player who I would keep an eye would be Tyler Herro who I broke down in my previous post.

My Draft Board:

1. Cam Johnson
2. Tyler Herro
3. Jordan Poole
4. Harry Froling

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