Thunder GM Sam Presti told reporters late last night he tried to move up higher in the draft and he said he also talked with his staff and then with other teams about moving down and about moving all the way out of the first round.
But by the time the Thunder went on the clock for the first time in the first round they still had the 12th pick and they used it to take 7-foot center Steven Adams who played at Pittsburgh.
Adams is from New Zealand and he decided to leave Pitt after his freshman year. Thunder scouts and execs are high on Adams, though they probably would have preferred either Alex Len or Nerlens Noel. Adams was in Oklahoma City a couple of weeks ago to workout for the team.
Both Presti and assistant general manager Troy Weaver praised the big man for his work ethic and they both said his aggressive, physical play is rare for a guy who's only 19 years old.
Adams should be a solid defensive player, he's known mostly for rebounding, especially off the offensive glass.
His offensive skills need a lot of work though and he was terrible last season at the free throw line, hitting just 44% of his attempts.
OKC worked a deal to move up from 29th to the 26th spot in the draft to take Colorado swing-man Andre Roberson. Roberson is 6-7 and is also an outstanding rebounder, in fact he averaged double-digit rebounds the last two seasons for the Buffs.
He has a great wingspan and can block shots, when he gets out on the break he's known for some spectacular dunks. In his three year career in Boulder, Roberson averaged 9.6 points and 10 rebounds a game.
The Thunder kept their 32nd pick and used it for a draft and stash. OKC took Spanish star Alex Abrines. Abrines is a 6-6 shooter who's only 19 but already has a lot of experience playing for one of Spain's better teams. The Thunder will leave Abrines in Spain for at least a season before bringing hom to Oklahoma City, similar to what the team did with Serge Ibaka.
Then instead of taking the rest of the night off Presti and his staff decided to buy the 40th pick from Portland and take Arizona's Grant Jerrett. Jerrett is 6-10, 230 and has a great shooting touch from out on the perimeter. Jerrett left Wildcats after his freshman season. He averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds.
Adams, Roberson and Jerrett are expected to be introduced to fans and the media on Saturday. Those three will then join their new Thunder teammates who are in town for workouts at the INTEGRIS Thunder Development Center and will be on the roster of the Thunder's summer league team. Abrines is expected to remain in Spain.