Thanks to Sam Presti, the Oklahoma City Thunder sit in a prime position to acquire top prospects in the upcoming draft. The Rebuild Report will keep an eye on potential players that OKC would be interested in.
M.J. Walker, G #23 Florida State
As we are seeing the NBA shift into a positionless league, M.J. Walker’s size and skill set allows him to remain versatile. Walker is listed at 6-foot-5 but he has a powerful foundation which he uses to his advantage in the lane. In Florida State’s win against No. 7-ranked Virginia, Walker let his talent speak for itself. He bullied his way into the paint, shot 5-of-6 from behind the arc, and scored a total of 17 points. The Thunder could use his forceful presence in the paint and his efficiency.
Drew Timme, F #2 Gonzaga
For any team to remain ranked No. 1 having, top-tier basketball players is essential. Gonzaga most recently beat Saint Mary’s and Timme was an unstoppable force. Not only did he shoot 11-of-12 from the field, but he dominated the defensive end. Timme grabbed eight defensive boards, blocked two shots, and had one steal. Even if Timme could not replicate that kind of shooting every night, Lu Dort could benefit from someone like Timme to help shoulder the defensive load in Oklahoma City.
Marcus Zegarowski, G #11 Creighton
Zagarowski was vital to Creighton pulling off an upset against No. 3-ranked Villanova. Showing he is not afraid to take any shot, Zegarowsi shot 10-of-18 from the field finishing just above 50 percent. But Zegarowski is not just a decent shooter, he’s proven to be a solid playmaker as well. He produced 5 assists in their Villanova matchup and 4 assists against Georgetown. In the offensive philosophy Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault is instilling in Oklahoma City, ball movement is essential. Zegarowski’s passing ability would fit in with how the new Thunder offense is being constructed.
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