(Editor’s Note: With the NBA draft tonight, we dusted off Clark Matthews to take a retrospective look at the last six Thunder drafts.)
On June 7, 2007, the Seattle Supersonics hired a 31-year-old named Sam Presti as the team general manager. It was one of the first hires by the new ownership group that was rumored to be considering a move for the franchise. Under Presti’s leadership, the Supersonics have tranformed from a poorly managed perennial lottery team in the Puget Sound to a consistent championship contender in Oklahoma City. Much of that evolution can be tracked to the talent Presti has acquired through the draft.
Tonight, Presti presides as the leader of his seventh draft. Even prior to being hired to make the decisions for the team now known as the Thunder, he had built a reputation as a talent evaluating genius. Most of the basketball community credits him with discovering Tony Parker as a Spurs scout, and then convincing San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford to draft Parker. Conventional wisdom at the time was that smaller foreign players would never stack up against American born small players who had grown up playing against better competition. If a team was going to draft a player from overseas, that player had to have a physical advantage over every American player available. Presti went against the groupthink and helped create the foundation for a San Antonio juggernaut.
So how well has that pedigree stood up now that Presti is in charge? Here’s a look.
Players drafted: Kevin Durant (#2), Carl Landry (#31), Glen Davis (#35)
Draft Trades: Acquired Jeff Green (#5), traded Carl Landry to Houston, traded Glen Davis to Boston
Not bad for first timer. Anytime you can pick up a transcendental superstar to build your team around, you should probably take that guy. Unless you’re Portland. Then you take an underperforming seven footer with balky knees.
The girl pictured above is Siera Santos. We learned yesterday that she works for Channel 9. We learned this because she told us.
@TheLostOgle I've been at KWTV for just over a month. I'm the new sports utility girl (reporter/photog/producer/Dean Blevin's handler).
— Siera Santos (@SieraSantos) June 25, 2013
1. In Siera’s defense, I doubt she’s read the Dean Blevins section of the News 9 Employee Handbook. Therefore, she probably had no clue how funny that tweet was.
2. We’re pretty critical of Dean at times, but lets give credit where credit is due. He’s shown remarkable improvement at hiring reporter/photog/producer/ handlers. He’s gone from being handled by Toby Rowland and Mark Rodgers to Miss Central Phoenix. That’s quite remarkable.
3. That sound you just heard was Dean Blevin’s wife picking up the phone.
Since we just learned about Siera this week, she regrettably did not make this year’s list of the 20 Hottest Women in the OKC. If she’s able to tough things out in OKC for another year or two, and go swimming and eat pizza with us, there’s a good chance you’ll see her in our future ratings.
Hello again, Thunder fans!
Today we take a look at the NBA Draft, where we all pretend like we still watch college basketball before March. Or knew who Rudy Gobert was before we decided to take a quick glance at our favorite mock.
However, today’s preview won’t consist solely of hardcore analysis. We’ll touch on what the players can provide on the court, but, let’s face it, we’re all interested on what they do off the court as well. It’s pretty obvious what someone like a Robert Swift or Chris Andersen is all about, but it takes a discerning eye to discover the rapping abilities of Kevin Durant or the painting abilities of Desmond Mason. I’m not that discerning eye, but I’ll find some funny viral videos for you, anyway.
Is there a day that goes by that Oklahoma isn’t bestowed some sort of prestigious award? I mean, it’s a great place to live, and we are constantly raising the bar for excellence amongst states that have panhandles. But last week, OKC really put our state on the map (that it was actually already on).
In case you missed it, Oklahoma is a great place to be if you can’t legally rent a car, afford to drink anything that isn’t Miller High Life, or get laid. According to Moneyunder30.com, Oklahoma City is the tenth best city to be young, broke, and single! From the article:
OU quarterback and TD machine Blake Bell, the current favorite to replace Landry Jones as the most loved and reviled man in Oklahoma, went to Grand Lake with some teammates for a little R&R this past weekend. We know this because the Belldozer tweeted about it on Friday.
— Blake Bell (@B_Bell10) June 21, 2013
In addition to that, an Ogle Mole sent us the following pic from the Grand Lake dive bar Big Shots:
That’s not the only thing the Mole sent us. Check out this video of some drunk chick trying to catch a ride on the Belldozer
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