With the Oklahoma City Thunder ending the Russell Westbrook era by trading himto the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul along with a healthy batch of draft assets, the Thunder has quickly amassed a grand total of eight first-round picks.

 

This collection does not include the unprotected pick swaps the team has also accumulated as part of the flurry of deals they struck in the last seven days. A case could be made that these are more valuable since it is unprotected and some are expected to turn over as early as 2021.

Be that as it may, the Thunder is clearly playing the long game with their deals. With the exception of acquiring incoming sophomore Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from the Los Angeles Clippers via the Paul George trade, OKC is opting to go for picks rather than the usual return of demanding young building blocks be added to the mix.