In this design, the thunder decided on small and not large trains.
As a reason for the draft, there was much speculation that the thunder is taking its 21st chance. They should use it as an incentive to lower their salary and try to reduce their luxury tax burden.
Well, they acted.
They did not lower only the salary. Much.
Instead of using the 21st Pick as an incentive, the Thunder decided to back off a bit in the draft and raise an asset by designing Darius Bazley at the age of 23, after trading the picks with Memphis. Unlike many other players who made fun of Thunder, Bazley is largely a puzzle. So, who is this mysterious man? And why is the thunder withdrawn?
Bazley is a bit unique. Originally engaged in Syracuse, he changed his mind before actually becoming part of the Orange. Instead of going through the NCAA like most others, he decided to go to the G-League to prepare for the NBA.
That did not stop. When he had problems with some workouts, he decided to completely lose the year and skip a year of playing to train alone. He signed a $ 1
It's difficult to get into the design to know what Bazley's game looks like since we did not have a movie since he was at school. What we do know is that Bazley fits the prototype of Sam Presti as a long, athletic striker who acts as a possible versatile wing. I touched the base with a source who had experience in the front office and loved him and had him as a good sleeper. And most of the fake designs had him projecting the potential within the reach of thunder.
It's hard to say what he looks like in the long term, but a good guess is that he'll need a few years to season before he becomes a legitimate contributor (in case he ever becomes one). He is an unfinished project. Most likely, he will spend at least one year on the Oklahoma City Blue. Oklahoma City has had some good experience developing minority league prospects in the past, but it will be some time before we know how to assess them.
The Thunder is currently in an unenviable position coming to fortune.
At the moment when it comes to young fortune, the two who are worth the project have Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo – neither of them moves the needle by a ton of value in terms of trade.
Picks are thin. They all have their picks for the second round, but they have two picks for the first round they have exchanged, which means they are limited in terms of what they can sell. Now they also have two second-round picks from other teams. One of the cops (Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot) is a "fake" top 55-protected pickaxe who has very little chance of promotion. The other is the 2024 Memphis selection they have just purchased.
That may not sound like much. For a team like OKC, which does not have enough money, every little bit is important.
If they want Bazley and not someone like Clarke, they need to swap two places to win a guy they know is still there and create another asset is intelligent management. It's hard to say what that could do in the second round, but clever teams play on the edge, and OKC has to nail these edges in the moment.
It will come as no surprise if the thunder clings to this election in 2024. Be sure to use this later than sweetener for more help or salary cuts.
And for those looking for an impact trade today, it's not over yet. Watch when the thunder marks Bazley. If it looks as if they are waiting to sign it, it may mean that they are waiting to put their design rights together in one trade.
Anyway, it's hard to tell how the thunder blew on draft day. It's just a small step to get a small asset and a project design. Rate them as "incomplete".