The new kids

Mitch McGary, the Thunder’s draft pick at #21, is as close as we have to a Known Factor in this year’s round of Prestidigitation: he’s basically Nick Collison, Jr. (He even wore #4 at Michigan, though he’s wearing #33 for Oklahoma City.) With Collison, Sr. now, um, 33 years old, the need for a new glue guy may have seemed pressing.

This may also explain Josh Huestis, taken at #29: NBA.com’s draft-prospect analysis considers him to be the second coming of Thabo Sefolosha, what with the original version now a free agent.

And I have to figure that they wanted Semaj Christon pretty badly: Miami picked him at #55, traded him to Charlotte, and the Bobcats Hornets dealt him to the Thunder for a wad of cash of unknown size. Is Christon destined to be the third-string point guard? All I know about him, other than the fact that he played two years for Xavier, is that his first name is “James” spelled backwards.

What everyone really wants to know, of course, is whether Sam Presti has trades on his mind. I was thinking he’d go after the Cavs’ C. J. Miles again. (The Thunder signed Miles to an offer sheet when he was a restricted free agent at Utah; the Jazz, however, matched the offer and kept him.) Miles, however, has been embraced by the Pacers.

Note: Several edits as events got ahead of text.





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