The Oklahoma City Thunder are preparing for the 2022 NBA Draft, and as they put the finishing touches on those preparations, the NBA has made the best prospects available to those of us in the media. Monday brought a slew of interviews which included Jaden Ivey, Chet Holmgren, Jalen Duren, Johnny Davis, AJ Griffin, Tari Eason and Mark Williams.
OKC Thunder is one of the organizations that keep their training list secret, however, through agents, players’ social media and other sources, the trainings are leaked and we have compiled a full list of OKC trainings known here at Thunderous Intentions. Another way to get this information is through this interview process with these 2022 NBA Draft prospects.
Jaden Ivey talks OKC Thunder, Johnny Davis confirms training, Chet Holmgren is keeping secrets, and more in our media interview diary
Jaden Ivey informed those of us in the media that he only did in-market workouts with the Magic and Pistons. Ivey, when asked about the Oklahoma City Thunder who are rumored to be big fans of the Purdue guard, explained that the Thunder flew to Los Angeles to watch him practice after his pro day. It’s not uncommon, last year Josh Giddey didn’t have a market practice with OKC, instead the team flew to Vegas to see him a few days before the draft.
Ivey said the Thunder is a team he studied film on and likes his possible fit in Bricktown as well as his fit with the Pistons.
As I reported a few weeks ago Johnny Davis confirmed he practiced for the Oklahoma City Thunder as the Wisconsin guard explained he held a practice with the Thunder in Miami where he had passed the pre-draft process. Davis went on to say that OKC would suit him perfectly..
Duke Wing AJ Griffin confirmed he spoke to Oklahoma City at the combine and a little more throughout this process as he is a very interesting target who could be in the range of the 12th choice overall.
LSU forward Tari Eason also confirmed he trained with Oklahoma City. Eason has worked for Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Memphis, Chicago, New York, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta, Minnesota and Charlotte.
Jalen Duren and Chet Holmgren, two of the best big men in the class, both chose not to share the teams they worked for or spoke to during this pre-draft process. It’s not an uncommon strategy, it’s usually the norm. This year, the outlook is more open than in previous years.