The 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft is still(!) underway, with each SB Nation blogger making selections for their respective teams. Our very own Fran Fraschilla (TAFKAMikeBourn) is on the clock for the Oklahoma City Thunder (in lieu of a blogger from Welcome To Loud City) to make the twenty-first overall selection in this year's mock draft.
With the twenty-first overall pick in the 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Kevin Seraphin, power forward, France.
TAFKAMB explains: As someone with absolutely no affiliation with the Thunder or the city of Oklahoma (Do I have to say city here? sounds redundant), I take great pride in selecting Kevin Seraphin for the millions and millions of Thunder fans reading this. My first instinct was to go Hassan Whiteside here, but since the Spurs grabbed him, Seraphin is the guy. For these reasons that I'm about to lay out in Jon L bullet-point fashion:
- He's foreign
- He's high character
- He's got worlds of development left in him
Serge Ibaka is from France
- He's probably better than Byron Mullens.
At 6'10 and a chiseled 258, Seraphin is definitely a project. But the Thunder probably aren't drafting anyone to step in right away, so it's all good. I think they pay the Frenchies their buyout, get the kid to learn some post moves, and make him a stud along the lines of a stronger David West. His defense is already top-notch for a 20-year-old and his willingness to learn and improve in only his 5th year of basketball is something Thunder fans (myself included) will be able to see very quickly.
Great value for the Thunder at 21 -- it's gonna be really fun watching him get better. He also represents the only international prospect projected to go round 1. No pressure to succeed for the rest of the world, Kev.
Ridiculous Upside reacts: Do the Thunder really have a need? I like this pick, but I think I like it more if he stays overseas for just a bit longer.
Ridiculous Upside's Top 5 remaining prospects: 1 - Damion James, SF, Texas. 2 - Larry Sanders, PF/C, VCU. 3 - Daniel Orton, C, Kentucky. 4 - Stanley Robinson, F, Connecticut. 5 - Quincy Pondexter, F, Washington.
Sound off, SB Nation! What say you of Seraphin heading to the