The Oklahoma City Thunder are now on the clock for the second time, and with the 16th pick, they select MarJon Beauchamp from the G League Ignite.
I think Beauchamp will be on the Rockets’ radar with the 15th pick, but ultimately, I think Jovic’s length and passing will sway the team in his direction. Similar to the Charlotte Hornets, while many seem to think that OKC will select a big with this pick, I’m not convinced that they’ll like their options this high in the draft unless Jalen Duren is still available.
Instead, I think the Thunder opt to take the G League Ignite’s second-best prospect in Beauchamp. While I don’t think he’ll ever be a #1 option on offense, he’s a great cutter, attacks closeouts well, can finish through contact, and has some flashes of a pull-up game in the midrange.
He isn’t the most instinctual defender in this draft but plays with a lot of hustle and has more than enough athleticism to compensate. He also plays with a very consistent level of awareness and takes advantage when a player loses focus with the ball in their hands, leading to a lot of his transition offense.
While he’ll already be 21 years old by the draft and has really struggled shooting the ball this season, I think he’s a better shooter and has more upside than he’s usually given credit for. Considering that he worked his way from JUCO all the way to being in 1st round draft conversations, I think his work ethic will also bode well for him come draft time and that scouts and front offices alike will think highly of him. In the Thunder’s case, I think Sam Presti will see him as a good connector piece that has 3-and-D upside.