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@lmp5336 @OLADIPO Prime Shaq would be another good one.
1 day, 16 hours ago on The Side Part: A donation and a visit
@lmp5336 Bill Russell.
@GREENE1148 @BallSoHard Not sure if serious?
2 days, 18 hours ago on What should the Thunder do with the 12th pick?
@nowthatsThunderBball @OLADIPO There are lots of options out there. Going to be interesting.
@GREENE1148 @OLADIPO @nowthatsThunderBball @TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard @angryperk You realize Dallas would have to miss the Playoffs for four more years in a row, right? Then, we'd have to win a lottery where the team with the best chance of winning has 25%. So what are the odds of Dallas missing the Playoffs for four years in a row? Then multiply that by the chances they win the lottery.
@GREENE1148 @nowthatsThunderBball @TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard @angryperk @OLADIPO My Powerball tickets were potential $600 million dollar winners, but I would've sold each one for $5 before the drawing. Our own pick in that draft is a potential #1 pick, would you hesitate to trade one of our future first rounders because there's a chance it's a #1 pick?
@nowthatsThunderBball @OLADIPO Yes. And it's probably only something to pursue as part of a larger plan. We don't have minutes for three first rounders. But if you have 12 and 13, it's probably easier to move up and get an impact player.
@Westbrookinit3 @OLADIPO I'm sure there are a number of ways they could go. Was just saying it would be something I would look into.
@GREENE1148 @nowthatsThunderBball @angryperk Do = don't.
@GREENE1148 @nowthatsThunderBball @angryperk @OLADIPO If they want to get rid of the pick, they're going to get rid of the pick. It's like we "helped" Miami sign all those players a couple years ago, but they were going to find someone to help regardless. If you find an advantageous situation, you capitalize on it. You do sit on your hands out of fear.
And I really don't see the Mavericks staying in the lottery. They tanked to bring in superstars and failed. They're going to spend to be competitive.
@nowthatsThunderBball @OLADIPO We own the rights to Dallas' lottery protected pick through who knows when, probably four years from now. Dallas can't trade picks in consecutive years, so they have to hold their pick this year and draft for someone with an agreement in place, then trade that player after the draft. They want to unload this pick to clear cap space to make a run at Dwight (allegedly).
So... if we trade them back the rights to their pick (Dallas), they clear cap space and gain flexibility for sacrificing 5-10 spots in the draft (year-to-year). And with all the talk about next year's draft, I would imagine the talent offset from 13 this year to 20+ next year is negligible.
If Dallas is serious about dumping their pick this year to create space for Dwight, I wonder if they'd consider swapping their lotto pick this year for the rights to their pick next year. Kind of similar to when we got Cook and a 1st for a 2nd from Miami.
@FallenOSIRIS I liked him a lot more when he was mid-to-late first round than "potential top-10 pick." But I agree with you, he has pretty good upside. I'd rather draft on upside than get an unathletic stiff who dominated weak (and consistently smaller) competition.
@FallenOSIRIS If he realizes his potential, he looks like what we hoped Perkins would be. I'm fine with taking him, I just don't know if he'll ever pan out. I kind of like him, but I didn't list every player I like, just the ones I really like and the ones I actively dislike.
I think Bennett could be really good, I just have some concerns. I don't like McLemore from a character standpoint. I think Noel has high bust potential, and he's just too slight for my liking. Etc.
Also think Porter, Burke, and Schroder will be good to very good players.
2 days, 19 hours ago on What should the Thunder do with the 12th pick?
1. Oladipo, 2. Len, 3. McCollum, 4. Dieng, 5. Canaan
Not looking to argue over who we should go after or what's realistic. Those are just the five players I want out of this draft.
On the flip side, I want nothing to do with Muhammad, Carter-Williams, Olynyk, Withey, or Muscala.
Just looking around DraftExpress, Russell Westbrook's "best case" is pretty funny.
5 days, 12 hours ago on Presti: Amnesty is ‘not really something we’ve explored’
@ChilamBilam12 @OLADIPO Can't you meet all of those goals and not waste any money in the process by simply benching him?
@ChilamBilam12 Objectively, what do you think the Thunder gain by amnestying him? Cap flexibility, money, improved chemistry... what is it? I'm just curious.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Presti: Amnesty is ‘not really something we’ve explored’
@TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard @OLADIPO @Old Man Game Except that Oladipo is an incredible athlete who improves every year. He was one of the most efficient offensive players in the country last season. If you really think he's "slightly better than Liggins," that's fine. I would vehemently disagree with that opinion, though.
In their third years in college:
Oladipo - .671 TS% / .648 eFG% / .441 3P% on 2 attempts a game / 87 DRTG
Liggins - .523 TS% / .492 eFG% / .391 3P% on 2.5 attempts a game / 97 DRTG
I'm not saying he's going to come in and instantly be a very good offensive player in the NBA, but he has elite athleticism, he's a hard-worker, and he's constantly improving. I said I think he'd be great in the right system (Thunder), because if he goes to some anemic team that relies heavily on him for offense, I think he will struggle. As a third option when he's on the floor, he will thrive.
I think he has Russell Westbrook-like potential. That's obviously his ceiling, and I'm in no way saying, "Draft him, he's Russell Westbrook." I'm just saying if he puts it all together, he could be on that level in terms of impact on the game.