With only a few days to go until the NBA Draft, we’re going to break down a few mock draft selections for the Thunder. We’ve already done six, Semi Ojeleye, Luke Kinnard, Terrance Ferguson, Harry Giles, Justin Jackson, Jawun Evans, Derrick White, and TJ Leaf.We’re going to break down a couple more. Stay with us as the NBA season ends and the NBA offseason ramps up.
Who: OG Anunoby
Position: Shooting Forward
Wt: 232 lbs.
OG Anunoby is the young small forward for the Indiana Hoosiers who has the defensive potential to shut down players at all positions.
Despite the high hopes by some, limited playing time his freshman season and a knee injury this past year makes Anunoby a mystery and a risk in this year’s draft. Anunoby is a great athlete and has fantastic physical attributes including a 7-2 wingspan. To go along this he showed that he his extremely athletic and strong for his size.
Anunoby’s greatest asset is his defense, he has the agility to guard and disrupt point guards and also the strength to defend big men in the post. Anunoby averaged 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks a game. Despite defense being his biggest strength on the court, his consistency and lack of awareness on defense, especially off the ball, at times frustrates scouts and could scare away teams. These are things he definitely needs to improve to make an impact professionally.
On the offensive end, the athletic small forward excels in taking high percentage shots and running downhill to score at the rim. In his last season at Indiana he scored 11.1 points per game while shooting 70.1 percent from the field before injuring his knee against Penn State mid-January.
Anunoby struggles with shooting though. He shot a dreadful 52 percent from the free throw line in his two seasons in college. While Anunoby showed potential to become a reliable shooter as he shot 31.1 percent from behind the ark, his low sample size and form have some scouts thinking he has a lot to improve.
Mix his poor form and struggles dribbling; Anunoby has trouble creating his own shots. His low shooting form makes it extremely difficult for him to shoot off the dribble while being guarded.
The knee injury that Anunoby suffered in January is still a huge question for the small forward. Not only did scouts not get to seem him play as much as other prospects, but the amount of time he will miss rehabbing could be a significant amount of the 2017-18 season.
This might not scare the Oklahoma City Thunder though. The Thunder did draft Mitch McGary who got injured in January of his final season at Michigan and missed the remainder of the season.
The Thunder also love great defensive players, like Andre Roberson, and we could see them picking Anunoby if he falls to their No. 21 spot this Thursday night.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!