2024 NBA Mock Draft: Blazers take game-changer, Spurs get star at 1

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2024 NBA Draft
2024 NBA Draft, Cody Williams. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images) /

11. Oklahoma City Thunder draft Cody Williams

Jalen Williams is a key piece of the Thunder’s rebuild and his rookie breakout has fans wondering about the height of his ceiling. Could OKC target his younger brother in next summer’s draft? This may be a bit high, but the Thunder are loaded with options. Adding a high-upside wing seems like the best avenue to finding a useful player.

The 6’8 forward has a ton to prove during his freshman season at Colorado. He possesses the size and athletic ability scouts desire but needs time to develop. Williams has a slight frame and must improve his jumper. He is two inches taller than his brother, but not as muscular.

The younger Williams can handle the ball, get to the rim, and make plays. He is far from a finished product and lacks a standout skill. The 18-year-old has tremendous upside and could grow rapidly. He could vault into the top ten with a standout freshman season or dip out of the first round if he struggles to make an impact.

The Oklahoma City Thunder can afford to wait. Their rotation is jam-packed right now, so taking a developmental project with the upside of Cody Williams is the perfect fit. The teenager can spend a year or two primarily playing in the G League before being an impactful rotation piece in the NBA. Pairing him with older brother Jalen could help bring the best out of him.