Thunder Pick Cameron Payne in First Round of NBA Draft

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With their first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder picked the player they had reportedly been wanting all along.

OKC selected Murray State point guard Cameron Payne with the number 14 overall pick in the first round of the draft.

Payne is 6’3″ and left-handed.

He led Murray State to a perfect conference season last year and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament.

Payne was the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year last season, averaging 20 points and 6 assists a game for the Racers.

Payne is originally from Memphis, Tennessee.

It appears the Thunder are looking for a reliable young backup to point guard Russell Westbrook.

With their second and final pick in the second round, the Thunder selected Kentucky center Dakari Johnson with the 48th overall pick.

Johnson is just shy of seven feet tall and was a role player on the Wildcats’ Final Four team last season as a sophomore.

Johnson was a McDonald’s All-American in high school at Montverde Academy in Florida.

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