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NBA Mock Trade: Thunder Consolidate Picks to Move Up in 2022 Draft


With draft night quickly approaching, Thunder general manager Sam Presti is assuredly scouring his options.

One in all which could include a slight move as much as grab a prospect with Oklahoma roots.

Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan, a Polish prospect who hails from Guymon, OK, is a defensive-minded forward who thoroughly fit Presti’s MO.

On a recent episode of Topic: Thunder, Bleacher reports Jake Fischer mentioned there’s talk across the league that general manager Sam Presti and Oklahoma City may very well be seeking to trade up for Sochan, should he be taken before No. 12.

A defensive-minded forward with some workable passing and playmaking skills, Sochan suits Presti’s former selection types well.

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Sochan was a surprise one-and-done out of Baylor, helping the Bears to a 27-7 record overall because the sixth man. Sochan averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals.

Sochan should have the ability to legitimately defend all five positions in some unspecified time in the future in his skilled profession. He can smother, pester and use his strength to his advantage. His offensive numbers aren’t great, but he’s fairly fluid and useful out of the pick-and-roll.

Sochan is high-energy and a terrific contributor night-in and night-out. And if he’s Presti’s guy, he’ll likely have the ability to go and grab him.

The Wizards have been linked to LSU’s Tari Eason on multiple occasion. Eason is a solid prospect, but taking him at No. 10 could be a slight reach. Washington could theoretically move back and acquire assets, and still snag Eason just a number of selections later.

Here’s what a hypothetical move forward could appear to be for Oklahoma City:

Oklahoma City Thunder get: No. 10 pick

Washington Wizards get: No. 12, No. 30, 2024 Hornets SRP

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