Name: Josh Huestis
School: Stanford University
Position: Small forward
|Height||6 feet 7 inches|
|Wingspan||7 feet 1 inch|
Expectation: Well, I don't think anyone saw this pick coming, not even Woj. It seems like the Thunder are going after hustle players because, like Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis is another hustle guy. He's big and especially lengthy for his position which will make him a versatile player. While Huestis' shot is not where it should be just yet, he has the right technique and can be developed into a solid long range shooter.
Where I see Huestis contributing most is on the defensive end. While he doesn't accumulate loads of steals, he is very sneaky and quick with his hands. When guarding a wing, he is fast to poke the ball out. His speed will make him a threat in transition going both ways. When guarding bigs, Huestis has great technique and rarely fouls. I expect Huestis to develop offensively but for now, his defense will get him by. Think of him as an alternative plan to Andre Roberson.
Reaction: I was certainly surprised. I think the Thunder missed out on some valuable players like Kyle Anderson. But, Huestis could be a solid contributor in the future after spending some time developing. Huestis was projected to go anywhere from the middle of the second round to being undrafted. Don't expect him to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds in games yet. He will be another bench player who can make a big impact on defense.
I don't hate this pick and the Thunder generally get the benefit of the doubt on these unknown picks, but I definitely would've liked it if they'd drafted one of the more familiar faces that I'm already in on. For now, we'll have to wait and see what the future holds for our 29th pick from Stanford.