“A really good athlete and can rebound,” Bilas said. “This is one of those picks where Oklahoma City looks really smart in this because they got a guy that can come in and play a specific role for them because he can really defend.”
On the surface, this looks similar to the Roberson pick from a season ago, which makes it a bit strange. But Huestis does seem more developed as a shooter.
He’s not great in that area, but somewhat capable. Huestis made 52 of his 154 (33.8 percent) threes the past two seasons.
“He can make open shots,” Bilas said. “I’m not calling him an offensive player, but he makes open threes. He can play. He can really defend. He can really guard.”
Because he was a late first round pick, Huestis comes in on a guaranteed contract next season, a surprising factor of this surprising pick. It was assumed the Thunder would either trade out or use one of its first round picks on a draft-and-stash player to avoid locking up roster spots.
But along with Mitch McGary, Huestis gives the Thunder 12 guys on guaranteed deals. The roster max is 15. Free agency begins July 1.