The Oklahoma City Thunder really know how to dig deep in terms of choosing prospects.
With the No. 29 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Thunder selected Josh Huestis, a small forward who doesn’t do anything particularly well on offense, but defensively, this kid has a home in the NBA.
Huestis was a big reason why forward Andrew Wiggins only scored four points in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament. Huestis can be an overwhelming defender at times, and really knows how to get under the skin of some players. Huestis is agile and can play passing lanes effectively to the point where he is going to be a real pest for teams on that side of the ball.
Offensively, Huestis is limited, as he is not really great at going off the dribble or finishing at the rim. Huestis can hit jump shots when he is wide open, but other than that, Huestis is not going to have a real impact on that end of the floor.
So what does Huestis give the Thunder? Another body off the bench.
Huestis plays the same position as star player Kevin Durant, and can really provide some relief for him in games throughout the regular season. Not only can Huestis play small forward, but he can also slide over to shooting guard and pick up minutes there. Huestis is more than capable of defending guards, and could really pick up minutes by being the same kind of player that Thabo Sefolosha was for the team should the Thunder elect to not re-sign him.
Huestis will not be spectacular, he may even spend a lot of time in the NBA Developmental League. At the very least, he can be another body on the bench and be called upon to be a defensive specialist. Whether he will be a solid draft pick and NBA player for the Thunder remains to be seen.