When looking back at past NBA drafts, no team in recent history has done as well as the Oklahoma City did between the 2007 and 2013 NBA drafts.
Barring the 2012 draft, where they drafted Perry Jones III — who is now playing in the G-League for the Minnesota Timberwolves affiliate — the Thunder have hit on every single pick they made, according to the redditor fishballs_69.
Not only did they draft 2 MVP’s and perhaps one future MVP, they also picked a former DPOY candidate, one of the most athletic point guards in the league and a fringe All-Star, another fringe All-Star point guard, and a great rebounding center. Join us as we take you through the Oklahoma City Thunder’s draft history from 2007 through to 2013.
2007 – Kevin Durant (Round 1, Pick 2)
Took the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals in only his fifth year in the league, as well as winning the 2014 MVP award. Durant was also Rookie of the Year in 2007 and will go down as one of the game’s greatest scorers.
2008 – Russell Westbrook (Round 1, Pick 4)
The league’s most recent MVP, who won the award after becoming only the second player in history to average a triple-double across an entire regular season. Westbrook is the heart and soul of OKC, and will most likely finish his career in the orange and blue.
2008 – Serge Ibaka (Round 1, Pick 24)
Was once one of the league’s most fearsome interior defenders, leading the league in blocks twice during his career, averaging 3.7 blocks a game back in 2011-12. Ibaka has since fallen off since being traded to the Orlando Magic, but is still a solid bench piece for the Raptors.
2009 – James Harden (Round 1, Pick 3)
It’s been argued that The Beard may not have turned into the player he is today if he was never traded to the Houston Rockets, but that’s a hypothetical we will never know the answer to. What we do know however, is that Harden was a beast even in limited minutes for the Thunder, winning the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2012, and is currently the front-runner for MVP honors this season.
2010 – Eric Bledsoe (Round 1, Pick 18)
Bledsoe never played a game for the Thunder, as he was immediately traded to the Clippers before he could step foot on the court, but there’s no denying that Eric has become one of the most entertaining point guards in the league, especially during his time in Los Angeles.
2011 – Reggie Jackson (Round 1, Pick 24)
Another underrated point guard who just so happens to play in an era where the PG spot is the strongest it’s been in history, Jackson proved to be a solid backup for the Thunder behind Russell Westbrook, but felt as though the bench wasn’t where we needed to be, and was eventually traded to the Detroit Pistons.
2013 – Steven Adams (Round 1, Pick 12)
The only player on this list other than Russell Westbrook who still remains with the team, Adams has become a top 10 center in the NBA, improving year-in and year-out after being given more and more playing time with the departures of Ibaka and Perkins while his career was still young.