OKC Thunder: Way too early NBA mock draft

We are merely 25 days from the writing of this from the NBA regular season opener for the Thunder in Utah against the Jazz, so, naturally it’s time to look forward to the 2022 NBA Draft.

 As it sits the Thunder currently have 5 possible picks in the 2022 Draft giving them many options on draft night. 

WITH THIS PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT, THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER SELECT PAOLO BANCHERO, FROM DUKE UNIVERSITY.

Banchero is a six foot ten inch incoming freshman power forward. He’s a strong athlete with very good mobility. Has nice fundamentals on his jumper, and is very skilled in getting the foul line and converting at the stripe. Very versatile defender, can guard almost anyone on the floor at any time. Very polished for his age. Will be a great player at Duke, and has high potential to be an NBA All Star.

WITH THIS PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT, THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER SELECT NIKOLA JOVIC, FROM SERBIA.

The Thunder once again go for young post depth, something they desperately lack and need. Jovic is another all around versatile player. He’s not shy when leading the break and creating fast break opportunities. In the modern NBA it is very important that every player on the court has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create and Jovic gives the Thunder another guy along with Poku and Banchero, all three who have no problem doing just that. 

WITH THIS PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT, THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER SELECT KENNEDY CHANDLER, FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE.

Chandler is arguably the best point guard in the draft, his speed along with his athleticism sets him apart in the fast break. Possesses a knack for setting up his teammates for easy shots, and has no trouble creating his own. Chandler could probably step on an NBA court now and not be a liability on either side of the ball. 

WITH THIS PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT, THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER SELECT OCHAI AGBAJI, FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS.

Agbaji would most likely be a “project” pick for the Thunder here. He has a very high motor, and is a very solid playmaker. Just needs to be more consistent in many facets. 

WITH THIS PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT, THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER SELECT JOHNNY JUZANG, FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES.

Juzang is a former Kentucky Wildcat who transferred after his freshman season to find a more prominent role, and find one he did. Juzang was the leader of a Final Four UCLA team that would’ve made the championship game if it weren’t for late game heroics from Jalen Suggs. He’s an all around scorer and would be another shooter on the wings for the Thunder.

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