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NBA Draft Results: Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor And Kim English Start Pro Careers

The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to cash in a late round pick for another strong asset to the roster.

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NBA Draft Grades 2012: Oklahoma City Thunder Earn 'A' For Perry Jones Selection

The 2012 NBA Draft has come and gone and the draft grades are rolling in the day after. For the Oklahoma City Thunder, they only had one choice — a later first round pick at No. 28 — but by most accounts, the team nailed the pick given their limitations with a potential high-reward player in Baylor’s Perry Jones.

Chad Ford loves the choice and gives the team an “A” grade in his rankings over at ESPN. While he comes with some risks, the Thunder can definitely afford a reach and the upside is tremendous. He writes:

If Perry Jones had gone in the lottery, I probably would’ve given the team who drafted him a C. But at 28? Grab him! Once again the Thunder showed why they are smarter than most of the league. Jones was sliding because of a potential meniscus issue in his left knee. If it’s serious, I understand. But knees are repairable. Jones is an elite athlete who never really found his niche at Baylor. He has the perfect mentor in Kevin Durant in OKC. You have to love it when players with his potential get put into the best possible position to succeed. I’m sure Jones was upset he slid so far in the draft. He shouldn’t have. The Thunder are the perfect incubator for his talent.

Read more about the Oklahoma City Thunder and their draft prospects at Welcome To Loud City as well as here at SB Nation Kansas City. Be sure to check out our 2012 NBA Draft hub page for additional news and analysis around the league.


2012 NBA Draft: Detroit Pistons Feel 'Really, Really Lucky' To Land Kim English

Kim English was one of the hotter names leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft as a guy who was impressing late in workouts and impressing scouts along the way. That success paid off last night as the Detroit Pistons selected the Missouri star in the second round at No. 44 overall.

ESPN analyst Chad Ford said before the draft that English was a name to watch for his ability to shoot from three-point range, and that's exactly what the Pistons brass said after the draft.

"All three of our picks tonight, we feel extremely lucky to get them," Pistons personnel director George David said. "I don't know if we've had a draft here where that many guys, three guys we had ranked higher, fell to us like that. We've been pretty fortunate here the last three years."

"[English] was a strong consideration at 39," David continued. "We really, really feel lucky to get English at 44. He brings what I would call extreme toughness, a motor, to our team that we really value. He brings a perseverance, a determination and a toughness that fits everything we're about and everything we're trying to be about."

English and Marcus Denmon were the only Tigers taken in the draft. Denmon went to the Spurs at No. 59 overall.

For more on Kim English and the 2012 NBA Draft, be sure to check out Rock M Nation,Detroit Bad Boys and SB Nation's NBA page.


NBA Draft Grades: Thomas Robinson Called 'Dream Scenario' For Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings waited and watched while everyone else stayed a part of the frenzy. The Charlotte Bobcats were the talk of the 2012 NBA Draft in the weeks before with constant discussion of moving down. The Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers were both potentially interested in moving up. Yet in the end, everyone stayed in place and grabbed a prospect they clearly liked.

Through it all, Thomas Robinson, the second best player according to most in the draft, fell to the Sacramento Kings at No. 5. Now the team now has a frontcourt player to pair with DeMarcus Cousins for one of the best young tandems in the league.

ESPN’s Chad Ford writes, "This is a dream scenario for the Kings. They need the toughness, the rebounding and the motor that Robinson brings to the table. I think he’s the perfect fit in the frontcourt alongside Cousins."

This makes Jason Thompson a nice rotational player to bring in for several minutes a game and gives the team flexibility up front. Robinson adds an instant impact player on the court and he should really help on the glass alongside Cousins. Robinson averaged nearly 18 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas, leading them to the NCAA title game this spring.

The Kings have a long climb ahead of them as a franchise, but landing Cousins and then Robinson for their frontcourt in two of the last three drafts is a great start.

For more on Thomas Robinson and the 2012 NBA Draft, check out Rock Chalk Talk, Sactown Royalty and SB Nation's NBA page.


2012 NBA Draft Order: Hornets, Bobcats Lead The First Round, Thunder Select No. 28

The 2012 NBA Draft is finally upon us and the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to have to wait for some time if they are willing to rest on their laurels and take the draft as it comes to them. Then again, anything can happen for Sam Presti in the draft so don’t be surprised if the team makes a move at one point either up or down in the draft order.

They currently hold the No. 28 choice in the draft, so many players will come off the board between now and then. However, the team is already loaded and whoever they add will have to be okay with a few minutes as part of a deep rotation on a loaded roster.

Here’s the order for the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft:
1. New Orleans Hornets
2. Charlotte Bobcats
3. Washington Wizards
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Portland Trail Blazers
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Toronto Raptors
9. Detroit Pistons
10. New Orleans Hornets
11. Portland Trail Blazers
12. Houston Rockets
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Milwaukee Bucks
15. Philadelphia 76ers
16. Houston Rockets
17. Dallas Mavericks
18. Houston Rockets
19. Orlando Magic
20. Denver Nuggets
21. Boston Celtics
22. Boston Celtics
23. Atlanta Hawks
24. Cleveland Cavaliers
25. Memphis Grizzlies
26. Indiana Pacers
27. Miami Heat
28. Oklahoma City Thunder
29. Chicago Bulls
30. Golden State Warriors


NBA Mock Draft 2012: Oklahoma City Thunder Take Evan Fournier In Chad Ford's Latest

In his latest mock draft, Chad Ford has the Oklahoma City Thunder looking toward international territory in the 2012 NBA Draft for their first round choice at No. 28. Instead of selections from past mocks like Jeff Taylor of Vanderbilt or Draymond Green of Michigan State, Ford has the Thunder taking Evan Fournier.

Ford writes, “Fournier is the type of player that the Thunder can easily stash for a year or two in Europe. Or, given the high level he has played at in France, he might be able to come in and get minutes for them right away — especially if the Thunder decide they can’t afford to re-sign James Harden this summer.”

While the NBA Draft is typically loaded with international players, many NBA analysts are speculating that not a single foreign player could go in the first round this year. It’s a loaded college crop coming into the league plus a soft international market as well. That makes the timing right for a player like Fournier to stand out in a limited market.

The Thunder are also among the teams reportedly considering trading their choice. Thus any speculation at this point is really just for the sake of conversation.


NBA Draft 2012: Brooklyn Nets Hoping To Trade Into First Round, OKC Thunder Potential Partner

The Brooklyn Nets are the new slick property when it comes to NBA branding with the move to Brooklyn from New Jersey, the team's ownership with Jay-Z in tow and the new logo and look. But the roster needs a makeover to a much greater degree and it seems the Nets are trying to do just that with the 2012 NBA Draft right around the corner.

Sports Illustrated notes that the Oklahoma City Thunder are one possible trade partner with the Nets if the price was right. The team has the No. 28 choice in the draft and could try to move out of that spot if the rumors are correct. The report also brings up the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 2 as a possibility, but that's such a high choice that it's hard to see what Brooklyn could offer to move up without a first to swap as well.

The Thunder could definitely stand to part with the pick if it earns them a first rounder in the future or other such assets. The team is well-constructed for the next year or so and if Sam Presti thinks there's better value in the future, then he'd be wise to take that ticket.


2012 NBA Mock Draft: Oklahoma City Thunder Take Vanderbilt's Jeff Taylor

Year after year, the Oklahoma City Thunder find a way to turn every draft choice into a strong asset for the roster. Whether they're picking in the top of the lottery and adding a player like Kevin Durant or James Harden, choosing a little later and grabbing Russell Westbrook or sitting near the bottom of the first and landing Serge Ibaka, Sam Presti's reputation as the team's general manager is pretty much flawless. They'll hope to do the same this year in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Chad Ford has the team taking Vanderbilt's Jeff Taylor in his latest mock draft for ESPN, and Ford says he'll round out the roster nicely as a strong defensive addition. Ford writes, "An elite athlete, Taylor can be a lockdown defender and has range on his jumper. He's probably undervalued at this point, but that happens to seniors. The Thunder will capitalize."

Taylor is a 6-7, 225 lb. senior who averaged 16.1 points per game last year for the Commodores. He also shot 42 percent from three-point range.

For more coverage of the Thunder and the NBA draft, check out SB Nation Kansas Cityas well as Welcome To Loud City.


NBA Mock Draft: Royce White To Oklahoma City Thunder

In many cases, the rich only get richer. The NBA Draft, as with other sports, is set up to reward the worst teams to help even out the competition year to year. However in Jonathan Givony's latest mock draft from Yahoo! Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder should be quite pleased with their draft haul in the first round: Baylor forward Royce White.

White averaged 13.1 points and 9.2 rebounds a game to go with over 5 assists for the Baylor Bears. At 6-8, 270 lbs, he's a beast inside. It's the sort of experienced college body who could immediately help the Thunder inside, especially with Kendrick Perkins' recent injury troubles.

Givony writes, "The Thunder have one of the most stacked rosters in the NBA right now, which should allow them to take a clear view of this draft and pick the best talent available. Royce White is easily one of the most talented players around, having fallen here because of the depth of this draft at his position and off-court concerns that could hamper his transition to the NBA. The Thunder can afford to roll the dice here, and he could even provide some of the mismatch potential they lost at the 4-spot with Jeff Green down the road."

The Thunder are down two games to zero in the Western Conference semi-finals at this point. The NBA Draft is likely the last thing on their mind for now.

For more coverage of the Thunder and the NBA draft, check out SB Nation Kansas City as well as Welcome To Loud City.

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