There’s no doubt that the Oklahoma City Thunder could use a true point guard, especially now that Derek Fisher is gone to begin his coaching career in the NBA, and they would very much like Reggie Jackson to stay at shooting guard. With this being the case, is there a chance that the team could be looking at one of the best point guards in the draft, either Shabazz Napier or Tyler Ennis?
According to Matt Moore of CBS Sports, it’s a definite possibility that the team could go that route when they are up with the no. 21 overall pick in this Thursday’s first round.
Shabazz Napier and Tyler Ennis could be here (but likely only one). Floor leaders, which OKC desperately needs. They can score a little bit, too, which, again, they need. A lot of this depends on the Thunder’s free agency plans, if they can move Jackson back to the bench and start a better two-guard. But can you risk that?
Like Moore pointed out, we know that the Thunder are not short on talent, but they do need that floor general, and if that is their main point of emphasis, then you should look for them to take Napier.
This isn’t to knock the talents of Ennis. however in four years at UConn, you could see how much Napier matured as a pure point guard that could direct traffic with the ball, and that was evidenced with the amazing national championship run that he recently led the team on.
Napier could step right in and start working with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder who can’t seem to get over the playoff hump.
Could Napier running the show be the answer to that problem?