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Building the Oklahoma City Thunder's perfect 2022 NBA draft: Mocking all four picks

Which players could best complement key OKC building blocks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey? Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder are a combined 46-108 over their past two NBA seasons, finishing at the bottom of the Western Conference's Northwest division in both of those campaigns. How the Thunder navigate the 2022 NBA draft figures to provide major insight into how much longer OKC remains in the basement.

With four picks to make on June 23 at Barclays Center (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN app), and three first-rounders -- including the No. 2 overall pick -- the Thunder have a chance to transform their franchise more than any other team on draft night. General manager Sam Presti and coach Mark Daigneault are at the helm of an organization with a number of young, talented pieces around which to build -- backcourt phenoms Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey primary among them -- and the players OKC chooses to complement them will provide a window in the franchise's direction, and how soon a passionate fan base can expect the team to contend for a playoff berth or, later, a Western Conference or NBA title.

In an exercise similar to the one we conducted with the Spurs, we looked at a plausible list of potential picks that would represent a best-case scenario for Oklahoma City in the 2022 NBA draft.