As the Thunder prepare tonight for a possible Game 6 victory that could push them one step closer to their first championship since moving to Oklahoma City, rival owners and team executives marvel at a roster that was mostly built through brilliant draft day picks.
With the draft just a few weeks away, here are a few notes regarding some players and teams that looking to emulate the Thunder's success.
- The Pistons know firsthand that the perceptions of certain players can change leading up to draft night, writes NBA.com's Keith Langlois.
- According to Nola.com's John Reid, the Hornets are taking a long hard look at North Carolina center Tyler Zeller. Along with the first overall pick, which they're expected to use on Anthony Davis, the Hornets also have the 10th overall selection.
- The Associated Press profiles former Minnesota forward Royce White, who lives with an anxiety disorder, as he goes through the interview process with various teams who might be skeptical to select him.
- A list of every eligible player in this year's draft, and their agent.
- The Washington Post's Michael Lee writes about how important the No. 3 pick is for the Wizards.
- In a tweet, NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper says the Kings would reach for North Carolina's John Henson with the No. 5 pick.