With the Thunder thin behind Serge Ibaka at power forward, McGary could be an eventual replacement to Nick Collison, who turns 34 days before the start of next season.
As a freshman, McGary stood out on a team that featured four other NBA prospects. He teamed with 2013 National Player of the Year and last year’s ninth overall pick Trey Burke, as well as Tim Hardaway, Jr., who became last year’s 24th overall selection. Teammate Nik Stauskas was selected eighth overall by Sacramento in Thursday night’s draft, and Glenn Robinson III was expected to be selected in the second round.
With the 29th pick, the Thunder selected Josh Huestis, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound small forward from Stanford. Huestis, who averaged 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.9 blocks as a senior, is heralded as one of the best athletes in the draft and a player capable of defending multiple positions. He also was considered a second-round selection. But once again, the Thunder proved that draft position is not as important to the team as selecting a player the franchise feels is the right fit.
The Thunder did not enter the night with a second-round pick.