While the sting of their Western Conference Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks is still fresh in their minds, there is little time for the Oklahoma City Thunder front office to dwell. Sam Presti has a brilliant track record as of late in the draft, having selected the cornerstones of his franchise (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden) in successive years. This afternoon, the Thunder will reportedly have their first group workout, with Temple's Lavoy Allen and Charleston's Andrew Goudelock expected to be in attendance. Nolan Smith, Josh Selby and Cory Joseph are also expected to participate.
Goudelock, one of the nation's leading scorers, has seen his stock rise in the days since the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago where he measured out as one of the quickest players in attendance, in addition to proving one of the best shooters as well. DraftExpress currently has him slated to go to the Orlando Magic with the 23rd pick in the 2nd round, but it's possible with further impressive showings that Goudelock could climb. Could a player of his ilk fit into OKC's system? Goudelock could serve as a solid backup point guard at the pro level, a position the Thunder already have two young talents at in Westbrook and Eric Maynor. With that said, they team lacks a consistent three-point shooting threat, something Goudelock excels at.
Oklahoma City only has one pick in this year's draft, No. 24 overall. Would they use it on Goudelock? At this point it might be a reach, but if the team was to fall in love him as teams often tend to do with players, it isn't out of the question. It certainly seems more likely than Allen being selected in the first round. The Temple power forward is mobile, smart and rebounds well, but his consistency has lacked in the past. He is currently projected to go undrafted by DraftExpress, but again, a good workout today could yield a training camp invite pending the unfolding events of the lockout.