2021 NBA Draft mock #6: Oklahoma City Thunder: Scottie Barnes
The Thunder were the big losers on lottery night. They were tied for the fourth-worst record in the league this season but slipped to sixth in the draft. OKC also missed out on Houston’s selection because it stayed in the top four. Had it fallen to fifth, the Thunder would have had two top-five picks. They are just beginning a total rebuild and will be searching for the best player available here.
Oklahoma City has several young talents with unique skill sets. Scottie Barnes fits that mold. He is 6’9 with a 7’2 wingspan. Barnes played as the lead ball-handler and playmaker for Florida State where he averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 24.8 minutes per game. He shot 50.3 percent from the field. The 19-year-old is an outstanding athlete that gets downhill and no issues finishing in the paint.
Barnes’ jumper is a work-in-progress. He connected on just 11 of his 40 3-point attempts during his lone college season. His lack of shooting ability may scare some teams off, but the rest of his profile is fantastic.
The Oklahoma City Thunder take a shot of Scottie Barnes for his two-way potential. He needs time to develop, but the 19-year-old could become one of the best two-way players in the 2021 NBA Draft class.
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