2022 NBA Thunder Mock Draft Roundup: Who will take Oklahoma City as the No. 2 pick?

With the NBA season officially over, all attention turns to the next one NBA Draft.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have the No. 2 overall pick, and with it comes the franchise’s most important decision in years.

This will be the Thunder’s first top-three pick in the draft since 2009when they cast James Harden.

According VegasInsider.comGonzaga’s Chet Holmgren is the favorite to go second overall at Oklahoma City at -145 odds.

Let’s take an in-depth look at Holmgren and why he’s a perfect fit for the Thunder.

Physical:

Height: 7’0″

Lester: 195 pounds

Wingspan: 7’6″

Strengths:

As a consensus All-American, Holmgren proved to be elite at two things in his lone college season. First, the seven-footer is a sniper blocker.

Holmgren is averaging 3.7 blocks per game, ranking first in the West Coast Conference and fourth in the nation.

NBA leading blocker Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 2.3 blocks per game.

Plus, Holmgren is a good stretch five, which is valuable in today’s NBA. In his freshman year, he shot 39% from three, which ranked second on his team.

Holmgren was very effective, shooting 60% from the field and 71% from the free throw line.

The spacing Holmgren could add to the Thunder’s offense would be perfect for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, one of the league’s best at attacking the rim.

Weaknesses:

The apparent weakness when analyzing Holmgren is his size, as being under 200 pounds isn’t ideal for a starting center in the NBA.

Especially when centers like Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic dominate opponents of the same size as them. However, as mentioned earlier, Holmgren’s frame didn’t hinder his defensive impact.

Not to mention that several players have undergone shocking body transformations after entering the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a prime example. He joined the league listing at 6’9″ and 196 lbs.

Now the Greek monster is 6’11” and 242 pounds. While Holmgren may not become as physically dominant as Antetokounmpo, expect him to become a more substantial presence in the years.

Another weakness of Holmgren is assertiveness. Gonzaga’s freshman often deferred to highly touted senior students Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard.

While that’s fine, Holmgren never forced things offensively, nor did he ever take control of a game. by Holmgren season top last year was 23 points, a season average for NBA stars.

Holmgren is undoubtedly one of the best players in this draft class and the best two-way player available. The versatile striker is a superstar in the making with no real cap.

As the betting favorite to become No. 2 overall, Holmgren would immediately fit into the Thunder as a starting center.

DraftKings has Holmgren at -165 to go to OKC.

If they decide to pass on Holmgren, another player on other fictional drafts on the World Wide Web that OKC could potentially take would be Jeremy Sochan.

Jeremy Sochan

Our own Jinal Tailor thinks the Thunder could take Sochan as they desperately need a big wing that can defend multiple positions and play different defensive roles.

Sochan would fix that and allow the Thunder to play extra covers in the pick and roll.

Oklahoma City ran a lot of drop coverage last year, which secured the inside but gave up a ton of threes. Sochan’s size and capacity at the point of attack would allow the Thunder to change more often and be more unpredictable.

DraftKings has Sochan at +200 to enter the top 10.

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