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McGary could contend for a rotation spot next season.
The Thunder walked away with three new rookies following the 2014 NBA draft—Mitch McGary (taken at No. 21 overall), Josh Huestis (No. 29) and Semaj Christon (No. 55).
Huestis and Christon are probably going to be spending a whole lot of time in the D-League, but both are interesting players for the future. Huestis was an oddball pick not because he went much earlier than projected (he did), but because he seems to be a carbon copy of a current Thunder player.
Like Andre Roberson, Huestis is a terrific athlete who will have to transition to a wing spot at the next level. And like Roberson, he's not a great outside shooter (he hit 34 percent from three in his senior year).
Maybe he'll end up surprising, but the selection was puzzling, especially with UCLA's Kyle Anderson still on the board.
Christon is the prototypical Thunder guard—long-armed and athletic, with a nose for the basket. He performed well in Orlando Summer League play, and as mentioned earlier, he has a legitimate chance to stick on the roster this season.
McGary, however, could already end up earning rotation minutes if he can carry some of his Summer League play over to actual games. That's a tall task obviously, but after his play in Orlando, it doesn't seem out of the question.
All of McGary's known strengths—rebounding, pick-and-roll play, running the floor, etc.—were on display, but what really impressed was the way he handled the ball.
He didn't hesitate at all to attack his man off the dribble (sometimes from as far as the three-point line) and got to the rim with ease at times.
McGary also looked to lead a fast break almost every time he pulled down a defensive rebound and did so with surprising success. It'll be interesting to see if he's given that much freedom in actual games, but it was a blast to watch either way.