The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Australian G Josh Giddey with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
In the middle of a rebuild after losing Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and several others over the past couple of seasons, the Thunder failed to qualify for the playoffs for just the third time ever since their introduction into the NBA after moving from Seattle. The last time they missed the postseason was 2014-15 by a narrow margin when they finished in 9th place, just barely edged out by the Pelicans. This season saw their worst-ever finish at 14th place in the Western Conference with a record of 22-50.
Although they missed out on the lottery, they have six overall picks in the draft, including three in the first round alone. They’re sure to add some more young solid talent and make some big moves in hopes of getting back to their winning ways in the near future.
Oklahoma City Thunder 2021 NBA Draft picks
No. 6, first round: Josh Giddey, G, Australia
No. 18, first round: Tre Mann, G, Florida
No. 32, second round: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, F, Villanova
No. 55, second round: Aaron Wiggins, G, Maryland
Fantasy basketball outlook
Josh Giddey — The 6’8” guard makes the move from the NBL in Australia where he played one season for the Adelaide 36ers, averaging 10.9 points, 7.5 assists, and 7.4 rebounds through 28 games played. He’s competitive on both ends of the court and has proven to stay mentally strong even when the game isn’t going his way. This is a good step in the right direction for the Thunder who are in need of a young talented guard. It’s worth noting that of his 7.5 rebound average last season, 6.2 were defensive boards which should bode well for the Thunder, and is something to keep an eye on in fantasy lineups once the season gets underway.
Tre Mann — Mann averaged 16 points per game last season with Florida, adding 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his sophomore season. The 6’5” guard will be a great pickup for the Thunder, adding even more depth after picking up Josh Giddey. Mann is a versatile attacker with great ball handling skills, and is impressive from downtown as he shot 40.2% from the perimeter which will be even more enticing for OKC.