GBB Community Mock Draft: Oklahoma City Thunder pick #29

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Previous Picks: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #25, #26, #27, #28
Team and Draft Order Representative GM Player Selected
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers Chris Faulkner Andrew Wiggins
#2 Milwaukee Bucks Kwhittington Joel Embiid
#3 Philadelphia 76ers KellyMelvina Jabari Parker
#4 Orlando Magic BluesCityJoe Dante Exum
#5 Philadelphia 76ers (from UTA) KellyMelvina Aaron Gordon
#6 Boston Celtics Dekebarron Noah Vonleh
#7 LA Lakers Tonyallenismyhomeboy Marcus Smart
#8 Chicago Bulls (from SAC) Chip Williams Julius Randle
#9 Charlotte Hornets Andrew Ford Nik Stauskas
#10 Utah Jazz (from PHI) Jmxisnext Adreian Payne
#11 Denver Nuggets VancouverGrizz Gary Harris
#12 Atlanta Hawks (from ORL) Matt Hrdlicka Dario Saric
#13 Phoenix Suns (from MIN) Adam Rubrum Rodney Hood
#14 Memphis Grizzlies (from MIN) Joe Mullinax Doug McDermott
#15 Orlando Magic (from ATL) BluesCityJoe Kyle Anderson
#16 Chicago Bulls Chip Williams T.J. Warren
#17 Boston Celtics Dekebarron Zach LaVine
#18 Phoenix Suns Adam Rubrum Tyler Ennis
#19 Sacramento Kings (from CHI) Tcampbell395 Jerami Grant
#20 Toronto Raptors Arkm110 Cleanthony Early
#21 Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Yeung Jusuf Nurkic
#22 Memphis Grizzlies Joe Mullinax Elfrid Payton
#23 Utah Jazz Jmxisnext P.J. Hairston
#24 Charlotte Hornets Andrew Ford Jarnell Stokes
#25 Houston Rockets LSUDavidTerry James Young
#26 Miami Heat Jill Kong K.J. McDaniels
#27 Minnesota Timberwolves (from PHO) DontKillJohn Glenn Robinson III
#28 LA Clippers Tonyallenismyhomeboy Walter Tavares

There were more guys that I had an eye on here than I expected. If I were a bit luckier, James Young and his 7'0" wingspan would've fallen to here, but it was already a bit of a reach for him to be available when I picked earlier at 21. I had also targeted Bogdan Bogdanovic (great name, great player), but after Jusuf Nurkic unexpectedly fell to me, I'm going to avoid two international players that may stay overseas for a year since the Thunder do have some immediate needs.

DeAndre Daniels, a solid three-point shooter with a 7'2" wingspan, got a serious look here, but again, I'm going to go for the guy that fell farther than expected.

29) Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn


Napier doesn't have long arms or outstanding athleticism, and the Thunder have made it obvious in recent years that they target those attributes in their draftees. He isn't even a particularly good team defender! But Derek Fisher (finally) retired, Reggie Jackson is probably the starter at shooting guard next season, Caron Butler looked very old in the playoffs and Jeremy Lamb looked very young. The Thunder need guard depth and shooters, and Napier checks both boxes.

Napier is fairly limited in his game, but there's one thing he does really well, and that's shoot the ball. He can create his own look from the perimeter in one-on-one situations, he can sink shots over defenders, and he can knock down threes at a super-efficient rate. That's going to make him an excellent complement to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who saw far too much defensive attention while sharing the court with ineffective floor-spacers.

Napier should be a plug-and-play guy after spending four years in college basketball, and be ready to contribute right away to the Thunder's title aspirations. If the Thunder need a spot-up guy or a second unit playmaker, Napier should be able to thrive in that kind of a support role.

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