The Five Most Interesting Teams in the 2022 NBA Draft

What will the Thunder do with all their picks?

With the 2022 NBA Finals, the Warriors’ championship parade, and Klay Thompson’s, shall we say

Before Adam Silver officially puts the lottery-winning Orlando Magic on the clock, let’s take a look at the five most interesting teams entering the draft

We begin, appropriately enough, with a team whose name evokes a brewing storm:

No franchise in the NBA has more flexibility to pursue whatever path tickles its fancy than Oklahoma City

Plus, they have $31.8 million in salary cap space burning a hole in their pocket with which to facilitate trades … before July 1

The questions on the lips of NBA observers everywhere: Will GM Sam Presti decide to cash some of those chips in?

Gilgeous-Alexander (who averaged more than 30 points and seven assists after the All-Star break)

draft capital to fill in the blanks between those bookends.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported last week that Oklahoma City was “aggressively pursuing” an additional mid-lottery pick in exchange for the no.

who might benefit from a rehab stint in Oklahoma City and help foster the development of the team’s burgeoning young core.

With a slew of intriguing youngsters—from curious projects like Aleksej Pokusevski

Maybe it’s mere coincidence that, hours after bringing Paolo Banchero to Houston for a predraft visit

Rockets continue the rebuild that began when James Harden side-eyed his way out of Texas.

Houston’s post-Harden pivot has produced stockpiles in the frontcourt (2021 first-rounders Alperen Sengun and Usman Garuba

17 and 26—to try to jump up to take a swing at a late-lottery swingman?

Can they find any traction on a deal for Eric Gordon, who remains eminently available

which means buyout talks might soon resume for the 31-year-old former All-Star.

The Rockets don’t have to hit the gas here; Wall’s mammoth deal comes off the books after this season

chart a new course back toward the top of the West fueled by a boatload of young offensive talent.

If the draft unfolds as most mockers and prognosticators project—Smith, Holmgren, and Banchero going to Orlando

thanks to widespread interest in Ivey, the electric guard out of Purdue: