OKC Thunder owns 25th pick in 2020 NBA Draft. Can it get a Clint Capela level of value?
The Thunder owns three picks heading into the NBA draft Wednesday night. OKC has two first-round selections (No. 25 via Nuggets and No. 28 via Lakers), and one pick in the second round at No. 53.
Here’s a look at the players taken 25th overall in the last decade.
2019: Nassir Little
Little was the No. 2 high school prospect in the 2018 class, but he fell in the draft after an inconsistent freshman season at North Carolina.
The 6-foot-5 forward made five starts in 48 games in his rookie season with the Trail Blazers. Little averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
2018: Moritz Wagner
Wagner was drafted 25th overall after leading Michigan to the 2018 national championship game, where it lost to Villanova.
The Lakers dealt Wagner to the Wizards last summer as part of the three-team Anthony Davis trade. Wagner averaged 8.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 19 minutes per game for Washington.
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2017: Anzejs Pasecniks
The 76ers acquired the Latvian center in a draft-night trade, but Philadelphia renounced his rights last summer.
Pasecniks signed with the Wizards last season. He averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 27 games.
2016: Brice Johnson
The Clippers selected Johnson, who was a four-year player at North Carolina. Johnson was traded to the Pistons in the Blake Griffin deal, and Detroit flipped Johnson to Memphis a week later.
The Grizzlies waived Johnson in March 2018. The 6-foot-10 forward is playing in Europe after appearing in just 21 NBA games.
2015: Jarell Martin
Martin was drafted by the Grizzlies, and he played three seasons in Memphis as a backup power forward. Martin was then traded to Orlando, where he logged 42 games in 2018-19.
Martin spent all of last season with the G League Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
2014: Clint Capela
Capela is the best player drafted 25th overall in the last decade. The Swiss center has averaged 12.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his six NBA seasons.
The Rockets traded Capela to the Hawks in February as part of a four-team deal that sent Robert Covington from Minnesota to Houston. Capela battled a heel injury last season, and he’s yet to make his Hawks debut.
2013: Reggie Bullock
Yet another UNC product taken 25th overall, Bullock established himself as a valuable role player.
He’s logged 138 starts in 301 games with the Clippers, Suns, Pistons, Lakers and Knicks. Bullock is a career 38.5% 3-point shooter.
2012: Tony Wroten
Wroten was traded from Memphis to Philadelphia for a second-round pick after his rookie season. Wroten averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game for the rebuilding 76ers in 2014-15.
Wroten last played in the NBA in 2016.
2011: MarShon Brooks
Brooks was named to the All-Rookie second team after averaging 12.6 points per game for the Nets in 2011-12.
After two seasons in Brooklyn, Brooks bounced around with the Celtics, Warriors, Lakers and Grizzlies. The 6-foot-5 guard has most recently played in China.
2010: Dominique Jones
Jones played 80 games and logged four starts for the Mavericks from 2010-13. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 3.1 points per game.
Jones was waived by Dallas in 2013, and he never received another NBA opportunity.
Joe Mussatto, Staff writer