Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis have been teammates with Kevin Durant for a little more than a day, but they already came away impressed with the superstar’s inclusive nature.
“Kevin Durant already texted me, said, ‘can’t wait to get to work,’” McGary revealed, with a big smile during his introductory press conference.
Huestis added: “To me, it’s incredible. Like Mitch said, he reached out to me, too. For Kevin Durant, the top scorer in the world, to reach out to guys like us who just joined the organization says a lot about his character.”
The gesture shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Durant has long been lauded for his public appreciation of his teammates and team-building approach. In the MVP speech heard round the world, Durant singled out each of his teammates, thanked them and even came to tears telling some anecdotes.
Nationwide, the video went viral. McGary was one of the many to watch it.
“I like to think of myself as a good teammate,” McGary said. “And to see Kevin Durant reach out to each one of his teammates in his speech was very heartfelt.”
Huestis said: “He values teamwork very highly. And I really want to become a part of an organization like that. It was selfless for him to reach out like that and show that from top to bottom, from the best player to a guy that just joined the team, we’re all one.”
On Friday night, Huestis returned the favor, taking his family out to eat at (where else?) KD’s restaurant in Bricktown.
HUESTIS NOT SURPRISED BY HIS PLACEMENT
Most mock drafts had Huestis as a second rounder. A few didn’t even have him getting selected. ESPN had him as the 90th overall prospect in a 60-player draft.
But when his name was called in the first round on Thursday night – 29th overall by the Thunder – Huestis said he wasn’t surprised. He’d worked out for 18 teams and felt like the Thunder liked him.