So Russell Westbrook won the MVP yesterday. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it was for Shaqtin-A-Fool.
Fred Katz looks at who the Thunder may select with the 21st pick in this upcoming draft: “Oklahoma City has a history of trading down in the NBA Draft. It dealt for No. 11-overall pick Domantas Sabonis during last year’s draft, which the Thunder entered without a first-round selection. It dealt for No. 26-overall pick Andre Roberson in 2013. No. 11-overall pick in 2010 Cole Aldrich was another. The Thunder have no problem selecting in other teams’ slots. But for now, they sit with only their own pick, No. 21 in the first round and nothing in the second, with the June 22’s NBA Draft looming. They could purchase a second-rounder, something they’ve done as recently as last year, when they bought the No. 56 selection to take Connecticut’s Daniel Hamilton. They could trade down. They could deal out of the first round altogether.”
Thunder majority owner Clay Bennett, who also happens to be chairman of the OU Board of Regents, gave a heartfelt statement on the retirement of OU head football coach Bob Stoops: “On behalf of the Board of Regents, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Bob Stoops for what he has done for the football program at the University of Oklahoma and just as importantly, the school and state at large. From the moment he stepped on campus, Bob has led with dignity and professionalism that is justly admired throughout sports. During his time at Oklahoma he not only built upon our tradition, but moved it forward in a way that has made Sooners everywhere proud. I wish Bob, Carol and their family the best of luck with the next chapter, we are forever thankful for the contributions they have made to Oklahoma.”
Brett Dawson spoke with Jay Bilas about Billy Donovan’s name always coming up when a premier college job opens up: “The Indiana job opened, and Billy Donovan was listed as a candidate. The Ohio State job opened, and it happened again. Next maybe it’ll be Duke. Or North Carolina. Or Kentucky. Whenever a major college basketball job opens, the Thunder coach – who won a pair of national titles in his 18 seasons at Florida – seems destined to be on the wish list. But Jay Bilas, a college basketball analyst at ESPN, cautioned on Monday against reading too much into those lists that name Donovan as a candidate for college coaching jobs.”
Brett Dawson looks at Justin Jackson of UNC as a candidate to be drafted by the Thunder: “They kept telling Justin Jackson the same thing. The North Carolina forward tested the NBA waters last summer, declaring for the draft without signing an agent. He worked out at the NBA Draft Combine. He met with teams and took note of their critiques — including one consistent issue — before returning to the Tar Heels for his junior season. “The feedback I got last year was, ‘You’ve got to shoot the ball more consistently to be able to play at this level,’” Jackson told reporters at last month’s NBA Draft Combine, “and I took that extremely serious.”