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The Thunder Rebuild Report: Big 12 Edition

The Thunder Rebuild Report: Big 12 Edition

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.

 

Jericho Sims, F #20 Texas

This weekend Texas won the Big 12 tournament for the first time in program history. Leading the Longhorns to victory was senior Jerico Sims. He scored 21 points and finished 8-11 from the field. Sims secured 14 rebounds and controlled the defensive end of the floor by blocking two shots and forcing three steals. By showing his skill set on both ends of the floor, Sim’s draft stock has definitely increased. 

 

Marcus Garrett, G #0 Kansas

Marcus Garrett made a name for himself last season after he was named the defensive player of the year. This season he has made strides to improve his game on the offensive side of the court. In the Jayhawk’s matchup against Oklahoma Garrett scored 17 points and went 50 percent from behind the arc. He demonstrated the ability to be a solid playmaker by distributing the ball and racking up four assists. Garrett’s biggest strength was on full display by wreaking havoc on defense and secured three steals. Having Garrett and Lu Dort play alongside each other would create a defensive duo that no offense would look forward to facing.

 

Cade Cunningham, G #2 Oklahoma State

After scoring a career high of 40 points, shooting 93 percent from the free throw line, and obtaining 11 rebounds Cade Cunningham showed he can put up NBA caliber numbers. He continued to be impressive in the Big 12 tournament. Against Baylor Cunningham totaled 25 points, recovered eight rebounds, and even obtained five steals. Cunningham was the leading scorer for the Cowboys in their game versus the Longhorns. He finished with 29 points and shot 42 percent from behind the arc. Oklahoma City would benefit from adding this explosive shooter to their fast-paced offense. 

 

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