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OKC Thunder Drafts Josh Giddey, Tre Mann, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl & Aaron Wiggins In 2021 NBA Draft

Oklahoma City Also Acquires Two Future First-Round Draft Picks

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 30, 2021 – The Oklahoma City Thunder selected guards Josh Giddey (sixth overall) and Tre Mann (18th overall) in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft and in the second round, guard Aaron Wiggins (55th overall), it was announced today by Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. The Thunder acquired the rights to forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the 32nd overall pick, from the New York Knicks in exchange for the rights to the 34th and 36th picks. Oklahoma City also acquired two future first-round draft picks from the Houston Rockets (2022 via Detroit and 2023 via Washington) in exchange for the draft rights to Alperen Şengün, the 16th overall pick.

Giddey (6-8, 210) spent last season with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League. He appeared in 28 games and averaged 10.9 points, 7.6 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.14 steals in 32.1 minutes per game. Named 2020-21 NBL Rookie of the Year, Giddey led the league in assists, ranked sixth in rebounds and 10th in steals.

Mann (6-5, 190) spent two seasons with the Florida Gators, and as a sophomore, averaged 16.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while shooting 40.2% from beyond the arc in 32.3 minutes per game. He ranked sixth in the SEC in assists, and free throw percentage (83.1) and was named to the 2020-21 All-SEC First Team by SEC coaches.

Robinson-Earl (6-9, 230) spent two seasons as a Villanova Wildcat and in his sophomore season, averaged 15.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 34.4 minutes per game. As a sophomore, he led Villanova in scoring and rebounding (second in the Big East).

Wiggins (6-6, 200) played three seasons at the University of Maryland, and in his final season averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.1 minutes per game. He was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection and was named the 2019-20 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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