Originally Posted by @BaileysBlitz
They don't stay rookies forever lol and this is how you build a solid contender.
OKC drafted Durant,Harden & Westbrook in edition to trading Ray Allen for Jeff Green (5th overall in respective draft) who they then flipped for Perkins.
OKC didn't draft Durant, Westbrook and Harden all in the same draft. We also aren't talking about collecting top 4 picks. Those are guys you build around, not 14 and 16th picks.
This isn't the NFL, trading down is almost never a good idea. In the NFL you have 22 starting positions to fill, and one player can't swing a team like it can in the NBA. In the NBA you are trying to get the best possible player.