With the 30th and final pick in the 1st round, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Ousmane Dieng from the New Zealand Breakers.
Keep a lookout for Dieng in the coming months as he is a name that I think is capable of quickly rising up draft boards. Toward the beginning of the draft cycle, Dieng was touted as being a lottery-level talent but has struggled quite a bit with the Breakers. Through 19 games, he’s averaged 7.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game on 36/24/64 splits.
At 6’10” with the passing skills of a guard, though, Dieng starts to get a bit more interesting. His consistent defense is what has kept him in 1st round conversations up to this point and as time has gone on, he’s been beginning to find his offense. He is also by far the best ball-handler for his size in the draft perhaps outside of Paolo Banchero.
For the Thunder, this would undoubtedly be a home run swing, but if they’re done with their Aleksej Pokusevski experiment or see it coming to an end any time soon, Dieng could be a good option for the team if they’re looking for another big with guard-like tendencies.