SI tags Chet Holmgren for OKC Thunder in recent mock draft

With the NBA Lottery in the rearview mirror, the guessing is over as the OKC Thunder confirmed their positions in the lottery with the second and 12th picks.

Given the confirmed placements via the bingo balls, many of the national sites have updated their mock drafts. Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated joined that group with his recent mock draft.

SI.com taps Chet Holmgren for OKC Thunder with the second draft pick

Of the national scribes who offer mock drafts, Kevin O’Connor is who most fanatics follow although there are many other analysts and contributors to pick from.

ESPN has Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony opining on Draft prospects while Sports Illustrated has Jeremy Woo offering his thoughts.

The latter dropped a new mock draft after the lottery and pegged Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren for the OKC Thunder. Casual fans might not catch the point Woo makes about the uncertainty of what GM Sam Presti will do but the Thunder faithful completely understand why the SI scribe made this point.

In his rationale for why OKC would select Holmgren, the most obvious point is how well he fits the typical ethos of the Thunder based on his length, skill, and upside.

The following is a portion of the excerpt Woo offered on Holmgren:

Holmgren has been a polarizing player amongst teams I’ve spoken with, but everyone pretty much acknowledges his upside as a high-impact defender with some offensive versatility. He…

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