While they were projected to finish dead-last in the NBA this season, the OKC Thunder are currently 6-6 and do not look like a bottom-tier team at all. Sure, they do not have any flashy names, nor are they a team that will go out on the court and blow out other teams, but they are finding ways to win and have numerous players averaging double-figure scoring.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has stepped up into a bigger role this year with Chris Paul being traded in the offseason and so far, the young combo-guard looks like a future NBA All-Star. He is undoubtedly their best player and moving forward, all the moves this organization makes will be to pair SGA with a superstar talent.
Over the course of the next 7 NBA Drafts, the OKC Thunder own the rights to 18 first-round draft picks and 31 total draft picks. This is an absolutely absurd amount of draft capital and if there is one thing we know, it is that GM Sam Presti and the OKC front-office have something big planned.
There is no way they are going to be using all of these draft picks, as they could draft two teams worth of players with the amount of picks they have, which is why they could be gearing up to make a big move in the near future.
There are plenty of All-Star level talents available via trade this season and with cap room and draft assets, could the Thunder possibly pull off a blockbuster trade near this season’s trade deadline? Let’s take a look at a potential trade between the Portland Trail Blazers and the OKC Thunder that sends CJ McCollum to OKC.