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GBB Community Mock NBA Draft: Oklahoma City Thunder, #21

With the 21st pick in the draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select...

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#3 Philadelphia 76ers KellyMelvina Jabari Parker
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#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
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#18 Phoenix Suns Adam Rubrum Tyler Ennis
#19 Sacramento Kings (from CHI) Tcampbell395 Jerami Grant
#20 Toronto Raptors Arkm110 Cleanthony Early

With the 21st overall pick in the GBB Community Mock Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select...

21) Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

Gotta admit, I didn't really expect Nurkic to be here and I had my eye on other types of guys. The Thunder drafted Steven Adams last year and it looks like they've got something there with him. This pick kind of deviates from the plan.

Still, Nurkic is a bit hard to turn down here. He'll only be freshly 20 when the season starts, and even though it looks likely he'll stick in Europe for another season, the Thunder can probably afford to wait on his development with Kendrick Perkins still on the books for one more season. Nurkic looks worth the wait, too.

His main draw is his soft touch in the paint, and he has the makings of a reliable pick-and-roll finisher as well as a back-to-the-basket scorer. The Thunder are missing that player that can command respect as an interior scorer, and even though it's debatable whether they need it or not with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka directing the offense, I like the idea of them having Nurkic just as a complement on offense. It also helps that Nurkic has a big body, long arms and mobility that should make him a nice fit him into their defense once he rounds out on that end.

Anyway, the idea here is that Nurkic can step in after next season and the Thunder can assess what they have in him. It seems a bit redundant to draft two centers in back to back years and the Thunder do have some needs they'd like to address this offseason, but I'm not going to pass up on the upside here. They can always flip one of Nurkic or Adams if there does end up being a surplus problem.