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NBA Draft: How do Oklahoma City Thunder have 34 picks in 7 years?


NBA Draft: The Oklahoma City Thunder were quietly one of the most active teams around this season’s trade deadline.

They traded George Hill (to Philadelphia in a three-team deal involving the Knicks), Trevor Ariza (to Miami), and Hamidou Diallo (to Detroit) in exchange for four players, four second-round draft picks, and two trade exceptions.

Of the four players they acquired, the Thunder waived two, making the draft capital and trade exceptions they received their biggest returns at the deadline.

Since the 2019 offseason, when they traded away two All-Stars in Paul George (LA Clippers) and Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets), the Thunder have been in the business of acquiring as many future draft picks as possible.

It sets them up for another strong rebuild, similar to the one they achieved in the late 2000s when they drafted Kevin Durant (2007), Westbrook (2008), Serge Ibaka (2008), and James Harden (2009) in successive years

With that in mind, here’s how many future draft picks the Thunder control following this season’s trade deadline, which totals to just over 34 over the next seven years.

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s future draft picks

2021 NBA Draft

Round From Deal
1 Own
1 Golden State Warriors* Kelly Oubre Jr. trade
1 Miami Heat and/or Houston Rockets** Multiple
2 Own^ Trade for Vincent Poirier
2 Denver Nuggets^^ Kelly Oubre Jr. trade

Details

  • * Top-20 protected. If not conveyed, it converts to Minnesota’s 2021 second-round pick.
  • ** Conveyed from Houston with top-four protection in Chris Paul-Russell Westbrook trade. Conveyed from Miami via Phoenix to Philadelphia to L.A. Clippers to Oklahoma City. The Thunder will get the two most favorable picks of its own, Miami’s first-round pick and Houston’s first-round pick if outside top-four.
  • ^ Protected within 31-55.
  • ^^ Received from Golden State (part of Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III trade in 2020) via Philadelphia (part of Wilson Chandler trade in 2018).

2022 NBA Draft

Round From Deal
1 LA Clippers* Paul George trade
1 Phoenix Suns** Chris Paul trade
2 Own

Details

  • * Unprotected.
  • ** Top-12 protected. If not conveyed, then protections on the following years include top-10 in 2023, top-eight in 2024 before becoming unprotected in 2025.

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2023 NBA Draft

Round From Deal
1 Own
1 LA Clippers* Paul George trade
1 Denver Nuggets** Steven Adams trade
1 Miami Heat^ Paul George trade
2 Own
2 Dallas Mavericks/Miami Heat^^ Multiple
2 Washington Wizards” Steven Adams trade

Details

  • * Right to swap.
  • ** Top-14 protected. If not conveyed, the protections remain top-14 in 2024 and 2025 before finally converting to 2025 second-round pick and 2026 second-round pick.
  • ^ Received from L.A. Clippers (part of four-team sign-and-trade to acquire Jimmy Butler) via Miami with top-14 protection. If not conveyed, it moves forward with the same protection to 2024 and then 2025 before eventually becoming unprotected in 2026.
  • ^^ More favorable second-round between Dallas and Miami.
  • ” Received from New Orleans (via Washington Wizards).

2024 NBA Draft

Round From Deal
1 Own
1 Houston Rockets* Russell Westbrook trade
1 LA Clippers** Paul George trade
2 Own
2 Charlotte Hornets^ Steven Adams trade
2 Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio trade

Details

  • * Top-four protected. If not conveyed, it converts to Houston’s 2024 second-round pick and 2025 second-round pick.
  • ** Unprotected.
  • Received from New Orleans (Nick Richards trade).
  • ^^ Received via three-team Ricky Rubio trade.

2025 NBA Draft

Round From Deal
1 Own
1 Houston Rockets/LA Clippers* Russell Westbrook trade
1 Philadelphia 76ers** Danny Green trade
2 Own
2 Atlanta Hawks^ Danilo Gallinari trade
2 Philadelphia 76ers George Hill trade

Details

  • * Oklahoma City has the right to swap their pick for Houston’s, which is protected 1-10, or L.A.’s first-round pick.
  • ** Protections on the pick change from top-six in 2025 to top-four in 2026 and then top-four again in 2027. If the pick isn’t conveyed through all those protections, Philadelphia will convey its 2027 second-round pick.
  • ^ Protected 31-55.

2026 NBA Draft

Round From Deal
1 Own
1 Houston Rockets* Russell Westbrook trade
1 LA Clippers** Paul George trade
2 Own
2 Dallas Mavericks Trevor Ariza acquisition
2 Philadelphia 76ers George Hill trade

Details

  • * Top-four protected. If not conveyed, it converts to a 2026 second-round pick.
  • ** Unprotected.

2027 NBA Draft

Round From Deal
1 Own
2 Own
2 Houston Rockets* Hamidou Diallo trade
2 Indiana Pacers Jalen Lecque trade
2 Miami Heat Trevor Ariza trade

Details

  • * Received via Detroit Pistons (Christian Wood sign-and-trade) in the Hamidou Diallo trade.

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