With the 15th overall pick, the Oklahoma City Thunder are back on the clock and select Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan.
With their high lottery pick, the Thunder chose to prioritize selecting a wing player that has plenty of offensive upside, can help to address their shooting woes, and provide a dose of athleticism. On the other hand, Sochan could serve as a good addition to Oklahoma City’s frontcourt that would improve their already-impressive defense. Being that Sochan could draw some interest in the lottery, if he were to drop all the way to 15, this could be a good value pick by the Thunder.
At only 18 years old, Sochan has an incredible feel for the game, a high motor, positional versatility, and some self-creation potential off the bounce. He’s far from being the most athletic player to grace this year’s draft, but for being as young as he is, he simply knows how to play basketball and even brings some international experience. While there are debatably a few better players available at this spot, if Sochan can develop any semblance of a refined offensive game, then his ceiling should be comparably high to those other players.
Sochan would be a near-immediate upgrade at the power forward position for the Thunder and could provide a new dynamic in their frontcourt that Darius Bazley, Kenrich Williams, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl can’t.