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:
The Thunder make surprise selection with Stanford forward Josh Huestis, who stock continued to rise with strong draft workouts.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 27, 2014
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:
Huestis was the guy who helped shut down Andrew Wiggins in the NCAA tournament. Tough, physical, athletic defender.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2014
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.