Projected Draft Range: Second Round/Undrafted
There isn't much flash to Josh Huestis' game. He hit the 20-point mark just four times in four years at Stanford, and he rarely generated much NBA draft buzz.
But if you can overlook his lack of upside and accept the potential he offers in a supporting role, Huestis could very well end up returning "sleeper" results as a glue guy.
And it starts on defense, where he has excellent physical tools—6'7" size, 7'1" wingspan, 213-pound frame—for the wing. He has the foot speed and length to guard either 2s or 3s, and depending on matchups, he should be able to handle some hybrid 4s.
His instincts, timing and motor are also top-shelf—he blocked 140 shots and averaged at least 8.2 boards a game over his last two seasons, which are awfully high numbers for a projected small forward. That might have something to do with the fact that Huestis played center in high school.
"What gets you on the court, especially someone in my position, is defense first," Huestis told reporters following a recent workout with the Utah Jazz, via KSL Sports. "Being a defender, rebounder—no teams are looking for superstars to come in and score for them, they've got that already. I just want to be somebody that can come in, make an impact right away and help the team win."
Though limited offensively, he's one of those mistake-free forwards who looks to make the extra pass before taking the forced shot. Huestis isn't going to wow one-on-one, but if the ball finds him in scoring position, he's capable of capitalizing off drives, finishes and open jumpers.
A key for minutes will center around Huestis' shooting ability—he hit close to 34 percent of his three-pointers in back-to-back years, showing he's capable. But he never made more than one trey per game in a season.
Huestis is a reliable jumper away from completing the NBA's glue-guy requirements. And with sound mechanics and some evidence of accuracy, there's reason to believe this is an area he can continue to improve in over time.
Whether he goes in the second round or goes undrafted, Huestis should still have a legitimate chance of sticking somewhere as a utility forward who can help balance out a lineup.