Thunder is giving you a glimpse at the big picture

It’s a pretty big deal when the Thunder allows a peek over the wall and a glimpse at what’s going on behind the scenes. That’s exactly what happened on draft night.
by Jenni Carlson Published: June 27, 2014

*Guards will be the focus in free agency.

The Thunder focused on forwards in the draft. Granted, it got some versatile guys. McGary is a power forward who can also play center, and Huestis is a small forward who can also guard anything from a point guard to a power forward.

Still, the Thunder needs a third-string point guard. And probably a couple of shooting guards. And maybe even a spot-up, knock-down shooter for good measure.

Passing on guards like Shabazz Napier in the draft makes it clear that the Thunder wants more experience at the position. When the free agency market opens Tuesday, OKC will be shopping for guards.

*The Thunder could provide halftime entertainment, too.

Meet Mitch McGary, unicyclist.

Yep, he’s 6-foot-10, and he can ride a unicycle.

*Perry Jones is expendable.

Huestis might not be as athletic as Jones, but then again, he might be. Presti quickly point out Huestis’s athleticism in his post-draft presser. The GM even said he was among the most athletic guys to ever walk through the doors of the Thunder facility.

That harkened back to Durant’s comment during the playoffs about Jones being the most athletic player in the NBA.

Listen, everyone loves KD, but there’s no way that’s true. Jones isn’t even the most athletic guy on his team. Unless you want to try to convince me he’s more athletic than Russell Westbrook. Or Serge Ibaka. Or even KD, who is nearly 7-feet tall but runs the floor and handles the ball like a point guard.

But I digress.

Huestis’ athleticism was on display in Stanford’s NCAA Tournament victory against Kansas earlier this year. He guarded Andrew Wiggins, who only took six shots, made just one of them and managed a meager four points.

Wonder what ever happened to that Wiggins guy?

Seriously, though, Huestis, who is expected to play much of this next season in the D-League, gives the Thunder another athletic wing and means it can wheel and deal Jones.

Listen, I understand that seeing fireworks is more fun than reading between the lines on draft night. And yet, we got a different kind of thrill. We got a glimpse of what’s going on inside Thunder World Headquarters.

Secretive, schmecretive.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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