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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Oklahoma City Linked With St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson

There aren't many holes in the roster of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are now one win away from the first NBA Finals appearance in the franchise's short history in Oklahoma.

One of the few areas of need is the front-court, where their primarily defensive-oriented players aren't very comfortable with the ball in their hands.

That's why CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman has the Thunder taking St. Bonaventure PF Andrew Nicholson with the No. 27 pick in the first round in his latest mock draft:

28. Oklahoma City Thunder
Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure: The Thunder could use a skilled guy who can score on the block. Nicholson can actually score from anywhere on the court. The Canadian just needs to get stronger

Nicholson, a 6'9 240 forward who played in the mid-major Atlantic 10 conference, is primarily a jump-shooter who could be an excellent pick-and-pop weapon in the Thunder's front-court. He averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game on 57% shooting for St. Bonaventure.

Most of the questions surrounding his ability to transition to the next level are on the defensive side of the ball, as Nicholson isn't particularly fleet of foot or strong. However, his jump-shooting ability out to 20 feet should translate immediately, especially on an Oklahoma City team where he would rarely be asked to create his own shot.

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