The Oklahoma City Thunder are also in need of more three-point shooting away from the ball, so seeing Gradey Dick get taken off the board immediately before their selection may sting a bit. But just as importantly, the Thunder need to get bigger while also ensuring they find a player that can play next to Chet Holmgren in lineups. A physical 4-man that can take on physically bigger defensive matchups, grab rebounds, and finish plays at and around the rim would be perfect for the team, and that’s exactly who they get in Leonard Miller.
Miller likely won’t contribute any time soon as a spot-up shooting threat, but I think he checks too many other boxes for the Thunder to pass on at this point in the draft, and considering how many other picks they’ll have in the coming years, the Thunder can afford to take a home run swing or two more than just about any other team. This is what I would consider a smart swing, though, as Miller has already been extraordinarily productive in his lone season with the G-League Ignite.
At worst, Miller can be a play finisher that is active on the boards for rebounds and takes on tough defensive assignments on the other end of the floor. At best, particularly if Chip Engelland can work his magic, Miller could be the Thunder’s beacon of two-way versatility as a multi-positional defender that can put the ball on the floor and use his size to punish teams around the bucket, make plays for others when he can’t score on his own, and maybe even hit a three every now and then. Miller’s upside is tremendous if all goes his way, and OKC will likely recognize that.