2010 NBA Draft: Unusual Draft For Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder

June 14th, 2010 by Pat DeCola Leave a reply »
It may be a bittersweet day come June 24, but Darnell Mayberry is right: the Thunder’s draft positioning this year is different than what we thought it would be. But after witnessing the 2009-2010 season of NBA darling Oklahoma City, why would there be any reason to think that it would go according to plan?

After a stellar late-season push and perhaps the most interesting first-round series, the Thunder seem poised to continue their development with every core piece of the team slated to return this fall. Generally, the team has looked at the draft as a retooling and rebuilding facet while it continued its baby steps toward Western Conference growth, but giant leaps were taken this year and the Thunder are in prime position.

Twenty-one-year-old Kevin Durant emerged as a top-five superstar in the league, finishing second in MVP voting and notching All-NBA First Team honors with the likes of LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant. His continued development will ensure that the Thunder remain a force in the West.

The team owns the 21st and 26th selections, currently slated to be Mississippi’s Terrico White and France&rs ...

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