2015 NBA Mock Draft: Oklahoma City Thunder Select Sam Dekker
Oklahoma City Thunder Draft Sam Dekker
May 24, 2015
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are already a championship caliber team when healthy, which gives them a unique option of simply finding a guy who could contribute right away in hopes of them quickly returning to the big stage.
If I’m the Thunder, I really like the idea of Sam Dekker playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
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Dekker is a super athletic small forward, who can beat you off the dribble and drain the NBA three. He plays with high confidence and is a tough kid who can finish through contact at the rim. Dekker is somebody who could contribute from day one and is only going to improve his game even more once he adds a few more pounds of muscle to his 6’9” frame.
To me, the Thunder’s biggest weakness has been the lack of scoring options behind KD and Westbrook. Very few guys on this OKC team can create their own shot, and they’re extremely inconsistent even when they get open looks. Besides those two and Anthony Morrow, nobody on the Thunder can consistently give you 15 or more points. With the way today’s NBA is going, OKC needs more options to take pressure off its stars.
Dekker is a massive upgrade over Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, guys the team is better off just giving up on at this point. Dekker can really fill it up when he’s feeling it, he has a high basketball IQ and he stretches the floor with his inside-outside game, making it easier for other players to go to work.
The Thunder may consider adding a backup point guard in this spot, but I think they’re fine with another season of D.J. Augustin coming off the bench. I love the idea of OKC adding a consistent scorer and getting this offense back on track. After all, the Thunder finished last season with a 33.9 percent shooting percentage from deep last season, which was 23rd in the league.
Dekker is a valuable pick for the Thunder and gives them some much-needed depth on the outside.