OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder hold six picks in the upcoming draft and they’ve conducted workouts with multiple prospects since the season ended as they look to find the right fits for the future of the franchise.
Among the recent participating players was Louisville’s Carlik Jones. The Ohio-native worked out for the Thunder on Thursday, and that workout “went well,” per a source.
Jones, who averaged 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists during his senior season at Louisville, is a candidate to be selected by Oklahoma City with one of their early second-round picks. Jones received a lot of good feedback from the team, but no promises were made.
Thunder 2021 Draft Picks
- First-round – No. 6 pick
- First-round – No. 16 pick
- First-round – No. 18 pick
- Second-round – No. 34 pick
- Second-round – No. 36 pick
- Second-round – No. 55 pick
Examining Carlik Jones’ Fit on Thunder
Jones would be a good target for the Thunder as he could grow into a player who can lead OKC’s second unit. The 6-foot-1 guard is full of energy and has a jump shot that has to be respected.
At 23-years-old, Jones would help the Thunder is one of the older prospects in the 2021 draft. Yet, rather than being a young, raw prospect, he may be able to contribute right away, something that could be useful if the Thunder look to achieve a playoff appearance sooner rather than later.
Jones played three seasons at Radford before transferring to Louisville for one final campaign.