OKC Thunder: Five things to know about Vit Krejci, No. 37 pick in NBA draft
The Thunder selected Vit Krejci with the 37th pick in the NBA draft Wednesday night.
The Thunder acquired the pick in a draft-night trade with the Wizards. The Thunder received the 37th pick and forward Admiral Schofield from the Wizards for the 53rd pick and a 2024 second-round pick.
Here are five things to know about Krejci:
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Krejci is a 6-foot-8 point guard from Strakonice, Czech Republic.
He moved to Zaragoza, Spain when he was 14.
Now 20, Krejci plays for Casademont Zaragoza in Spain's top professional league.
Krejci has played for Casademont Zaragoza since 2017. He was 16 when he made his professional debut.
Krejci averaged 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in 2019-20. He only played 7.6 minutes per game.
Out with injury
Casademont Zaragoza announced in September that Krejci suffered an ACL injury that required surgery.
He was ruled out for the rest of the 2020-21 season.
Czech national team
Krejci appeared in a qualifying game for the Czech national team before the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
In practice, he played against Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky — the only current NBA player from the Czech Republic.
"It's normal that people compare us," Krejci told David Hein. "It's amazing to be compared to the best player right now in Czech Republic, but a lot of pressure too. But I think I have what it takes to be on the same level as him, or even better."
You won't find Krejci on too many mock drafts.
A number of NBA draft experts tweeted Wednesday night that Krejci wasn't on their board.