Now that the NBA Draft is all said and done, the Oklahoma City Thunder ended up with the son of a legend. According to Sports Illustrated, the franchise traded for Domantas Sabonis, the 11th overall selection in the draft. With the move, the Thunder were able to reload their roster for another run in the playoffs next season.
During the NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic decided to shock the entire sports world. The Thunder sent Serge Ibaka to the Magic in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Ehsan Ilyasova, and Domantas Sabonis. It was a move designed to help both teams out.
For years now, the Orlando Magic have been collecting players through the NBA Draft. They knew that they needed a veteran who can lead the way. Since those are hard to find, many are praising the Magic for being able to land Serge Ibaka, a veteran defender that can become an All Star.
After losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder wanted more depth to be able to compete next season. Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis all have potential to join the rotation when the next NBA season begins.
Damantas Sabonis has enough skills that he can still make it as a rotation player next season despite not being available for the NBA Summer League. According to CBS Sports, Sabonis is going to be overseas this summer, as he needs to prepare for the Olympics with the Lithuanian national team.
Like most big men coming into the NBA, Domantas Sabonis needs to add some weight. However, he does have an advantage over many of the other rookies, as he showed in college that he is capable of handling bigger players. Sabonis will be seeing quite a few bigger opponents in the National Basketball Association.