The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to add another young talent and it seems like they are planning to move up the draft to acquire Arizona’s Stanley Johnson.
According to DailyThunder.com’s Royce Young , OKC GM Sam Presti is intrigued with the amount of talent this draft class offers and hints that they might make a move to climb in the draft board.
“I think this particular draft has a significant amount of depth.
I think it’s pretty equally distributed and as the days turn into weeks and we get toward the day of the draft, I think there’s going to be an increased interest in the middle of this draft in particular,” said Presti.
“It would be really hard to speculate just based on what’s going to happen in front of us and what kind of player could potentially be there.
And that’s also making the assumption that we keep the draft pick and select there, that we don’t move back or use the draft choice in another way,” he added.
Moreover, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reported that Stanley Johnson knows the OKC Thunder likes his game and they have been watching him play since high school.
“They (OKC) really like me.
They’ve been watching me since I was in high school.
I remember seeing their scout at my practices all the time when I was at Arizona and they know a lot about me.
I got coached under Billy Donovan already (at the FIBA Americas U18 ) so he knows a lot about me as well, which makes everything easy.
So I think they’re very familiar with who I am and what I do,” Johnson said.
Johnson also said that his ability to defend four positions is what makes him attractive to the team per Basketball Insiders’ Eric Pincus .
“In today’s day and age, it’s about defensive versatility.
How many people you can guard and how well you can do it.
I can guard fours. I can guard Draymond Green. I can guard Kawhi Leonard. I can guard Mike Conley- I can stay with him at least,” Johnson said.