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Behind The Scenes: OKC Thunder Rookie Jalen Williams’ Ascension Into Draft Lottery

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We draft people first and players second," said Thunder GM Sam Presti last summer. When Santa Clara guard Jalen Williams was taken No. 12 overall in Thursday night’s draft, it was surprising to some. However, when you dig deeper into his game and personal story it makes complete sense. A late bloomer, Williams wasn’t on many NBA teams’ radars as a top pick until after his final college season. At the Thunder’s rookie introductory press conference on Saturday, Presti even admitted that the team didn’t truly consider Williams in the lottery until later in the draft process. "The truth on Jalen is our eyes really opened later to him in this process," Presti said. "I wish I could tell you that last year at Santa Clara I could say we knew this guy was a lottery pick. That wasn’t the case. Watch any NFL Game live online for free and in HD. We offer multiple streams for each NFL Streams live event available on our website.