Peace, Love and Thunderstanding: Going Outside the Box

There are two things that have been true about Thunder GM Sam Presti:


1. He knows what he's doing when drafting in the lottery


2. He doesn't listen to the consensus when it comes to the lottery


If Presti had been influenced by who he should take, he would have taken Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio in the 2008 and 2009 drafts. Instead, he took Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Last season, he definitely would not have selected Josh Giddey if the opinions of the "draft experts" factored into his decision-making.


This season, the conventional wisdom is that Presti will choose between whichever of the three freshman big men Orlando does not take when he is on the clock with the second pick overall. You know what happens when you assume, right?


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