2022 NBA lottery picks revealed
By Paris Lawson | Broadcast and Digital Reporter | okcthunder.com
Thirteen years have passed Since the Thunder were last in the top five in the NBA draft. Since then, 80 percent of the league’s players have been in the top five at least once, and 50 percent have been in the top five twice. In the draft lottery Tuesday night in Chicago, the Thunder secured the second overall pick in the June draft — the organization’s first top-five pick since 2009.
Thunder exit league’s game of chance with two lottery picks, including 12th Via Clippers pick. In addition to its own second-round pick and a late first-round pick from the Phoenix Suns, the Thunder’s overall picks for the 2022 NBA Draft include the Nos. 2, 12, 30 and 34.
Former Thunder player and current front office member Nick Collison represented the Thunder during the lottery. While this is Collison’s first lottery appearance, the 14-year NBA veteran’s 10-year career in Oklahoma City and significant time in front office means Because he knows exactly what this moment means for the team and fans.
“Happy for the fans. Happy for the city. Happy for the people in the organization,” Collison said. “Obviously you want to be picked as high as possible, so we’re excited to get two. Our work on the front desk will continue.”
While the team’s two picks in the top 12 and four picks in the top 34 are unprecedented in Oklahoma City’s history, it’s the clarity the organization has been craving. Now that the Thunder have clear draft location information, attention turns to the pre-draft process. The process includes countless hours of evaluations, countless workouts and interviews with potential clients, while also relying on its scouting team to work tirelessly across the globe to find and identify talent for the June 23 draft in Brooklyn.
“It’s a three-step process. One, you have to figure out where you choose. Two, you have to make a choice; and third, you have to help develop the players and create the environment for the players,” said Thunder general manager and executive vice president Sam Sara. M Presti said in his pre-lottery press conference.
“Tonight is just the first step in that process for us, and we’ll make it clear where we’re going to be.”
While the spectacle of the draft and the thrill of the lottery are two things coveted on the NBA calendar and of great value to the future of teams and organizations, they are just two of the countless opportunities and touchpoints for the Thunder to grow and improve. . Teams throughout the season. That’s why, back in Oklahoma City, the majority of the Thunder’s current roster is in the gym in the offseason, working on personal growth and development for next season.
“As I’ve said before, I’m very encouraged by that, at the end of the season a lot of the progress on our team will come from inside our current building, and maybe not that much happened tonight or in the draft, But I’m incredibly proud of the effort the players are showing right now,” Presti said.
In the Thunder’s view, the result of the lottery is out of control, but the reaction to the result determines its future. For Oklahoma City, whatever the outcome, the reaction has always been to roll up its sleeves and get to work.
“As long as we continue to operate with discipline, rationality and persistence, I really think that good things will happen to us as an organization,” Presti said.