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30. Oklahoma City Thunder (via PHO) – Mark Williams, C Duke

It’s unlikely that we’ll see many true centers taken in the first round as the NBA Continues to move away and away from the traditional big man, but Mark Williams could be one that bucks the trend.

Williams is a 7-foot sophomore that is averaging 11 points and seven rebounds per game for Duke. In the last month, or so, he’s played much better and is gaining some traction up draft boards.

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He’ll still need to prove that he can be a true player at the next level in pre-draft workouts, but there’s no question that the talent is there for Williams. It’ll be about showing it over the next couple of months.