Seattle Supersonics: NBA Draft Team Needs

June 15th, 2008

2007-08 Record: 20-62; 5th Northwest

Draft Picks: 4, 24, 32, 46, 50, 56


Key Free Agents

C Robert Swift (restricted)


How they got here and what they need

It's been a rough year for this franchise, and that's before you even talk about their dismal performance on the court. So where will they be playing next season: Seattle or Oklahoma City? It was a foregone conclusion that 2007-08 would be their last in Seattle, but with the case currently in court who really knows. As for the actual product, they were dreadful at time last season even though Kevin Durant was the runaway winner of the league's Rookie of the Year award.

P.J. Carlesimo's uptempo offense produced one of the NBA's worst offenses, and there were some nights in which the Sonics couldn't guard the chair that took part in Yi Jianlian's famed workouts last spring (they gave up 160 points to Denver). But they do head into the draft this season with six picks, two of which come in the first round. Is Luke Ridnour the floor general best suited to run the team, or does Carlesimo want to find someone else? This is an interesting roster with an almost even mix of youngsters trying to find their way and veterans who in some cases should be out of the NBA by now.

Who they take

Don't be surprised if Seattle packages some of their picks for a veteran or two on draft night. But they could also use some help on the perimeter, so I'll go out on a limb and say that the Sonics will draft Arizona's Jerryd Bayless. He'll most definitely have to learn how to play the point, but for the time being he can put some points on the board and relieve a little of the load on Durant's shoulders.


Draft History (since 2000)

  • - 2000: Desmond Mason (17th), Olumide Oyedeji (42nd), Josip Sesar (47th)
  • - 2001: Vladimir Radmanovic (12th), Bobby Simmons (42nd)
  • - 2002: Peter Fehse (49th)
  • - 2003: Nick Collison (12th), Luke Ridnour (14th), Willie Green (41st)
  • - 2004: Robert Swift (12th), David Young (42nd)
  • - 2005: Johan Petro (25th), Mickael Gelabale (48th), Lawrence Roberts (55th)
  • - 2006: Saer Sene (10th), Denham Brown (40th), Yotam Halperin (53rd)
  • - 2007: Kevin Durant (2nd), Carl Landry (31st), Glen Davis (35th)