Per usual, the Thunder are exceptionally difficult to g…

Per usual, the Thunder are exceptionally difficult to get a read on, with most teams penciling in Holmgren at No. 2. But no one I’ve spoken to is willing to call it a lock. The odds are Oklahoma City’s intentions will remain obscured until the last possible minute. I still think they wind up with Holmgren, but teams picking behind the Thunder are still operating with contingencies in place if they don’t take him. While it would be a surprise at this point, I’ll just note that Jaden Ivey and Paolo Banchero are still viewed by many around the league as legitimate candidates to go at No. 2. And it’s well-known by now that the Rockets are hoping for Banchero to fall to them at No. 3.
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