Origins of 2021 #18 Pick

Oct 16, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) dribbles down the court against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Memphis won 124-119. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder (for now) possess the 18th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. I say for now, because Thunder have a strong history of trading picks and also because this specific pick has been traded a few times.

#18 is 2021’s most well-traveled pick. So how did it get from Miami to OKC?

Trade 1 – In 2015, Miami traded an unprotected 2021 first round pick to Phoenix to acquire PG Goran Dragic. It worked out, as Dragic has had a pretty successful run with Miami.

Trade 2 – In 2018, Phoenix made a draft day trade where they used the Miami pick and #16 pick Zhaire Smith to acquire 76ers’ #10 pick Mikal Bridges.

Trade 3 – During the 2018-19 season, 76ers traded the Miami pick to the Clippers as part of a package for Tobias Harris.

Trade 4 – And in the summer of 2019, the Clippers traded the Miami pick, as one of 5 first round picks, along with Shai-Gilgeous Alexanders to the Thunder for Paul George.

Whoever is picked at 18, will forever be associated with this trade.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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