OKC Thunder Seen Checking Out NBL Talent Ryan Rupert

Members of the Thunder staff were spotted in Australia this week for the NBL preseason. The National Basketball League has produced four first round picks in the last three NBA drafts, three being lottery selections.

Two of these lottery picks, Josh Giddey and Ousmane Dieng, ended up in Oklahoma City. The Thunder returned to the NBA’s new recruiting grounds this season to take a peek at Ryan Rupert, a member of Dieng’s former team, the New Zealand Breakers.

Rupert is the NBL’s next tantalizing young prospect; the 18-year-old wing has already been slotted in the first round of NBA mock drafts. General Manager Sam Presti has a proclivity for drafting international players, in 2020, the Thunder used all three of its picks on international players. Looking even further back, Presti drafted the likes of Serge Ibaka, Alex Abrines and Steven Adams.


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