Josh Huestis to Thunder: Latest News, Reaction and Analysis

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 23:  Josh Huestis #24 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates defeating the Kansas Jayhawks during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 23, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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When you have Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, you can do whatever you want in the NBA draft. The Oklahoma City Thunder threw the fans a major curveball with the selection of Stanford forward Josh Huestis with the 29th overall pick.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports commented Huestis' stock had been rising after a few impressive workouts:

Chad Ford of ESPN.com also noted he was one of the guys lined up against Andrew Wiggins in the NCAA tournament. Wiggins shot 1-of-6 for four points:

With so much talent on the roster, OKC could afford to reach for a guy like Huestis. Not much will be expected of him early on, so he can take his time in adjusting to the NBA. Huestis is a strong defender with enough of an offensive repertoire to become a solid rotation player for years to come.