Bleacher Report has Lu Dort going No. 26 in 2019 NBA draft redo

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Bleacher Report writer Andy Bailey recently redrafted the 2019 draft class. Now feels like an appropriate time as the sample sizes are respectable enough to draw reasonable conclusions.

The players have had three seasons, which is plenty of time to adjust to the league and to start seeing results.

Lu Dort is the only Oklahoma City Thunder player in the first redraft at No. 26.

“Advanced numbers and his shooting percentages paint a bleak picture of Luguentz Dort’s career. He’s never been above replacement level in box plus/minus, and he’s shot only 39.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep.

Basketball Reference acknowledges BPM’s shortcomings when it comes to measuring defense, though. And Dort is already a plus on-ball defender who still has room to grow.

If he can become more consistent from the outside—and there’s no reason to think a 23-year old can’t improve on that front—he’ll be a legitimate three-and-D threat.”

The Thunder only drafted one player, Brandon Clarke, who was subsequently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Thunder acquired Darius Bazley’s draft rights and was the only other homegrown player from this class. Ty Jerome was also part of this draft class and spent his rookie season with the Phoenix Suns.

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Story originally appeared on Thunder Wire