2014 NBA Draft Blog
By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer
The 2014 NBA Draft is under way, and all 30 teams will be looking to improve their roster in some way heading into next season and beyond.
With its year-round scouting and evaluation process, the Thunder takes the draft very seriously and treats it as an integral part of its team-building and culture-developing process. Coming off of a 59-win season, Thunder General Manager Sam Presti and his staff feels great about having two first round selections this year.
At selections number 21 and 29 in the first round, the Thunder have two assets at its disposal to utilize in whichever way it sees fit. Whether the Thunder uses both of those opportunities to select players to add to the roster this year, trades one or both of the picks or finds another way to deploy the assets, the organization is in a good position to make the best decision possible because of its flexibility and versatility on the Head Coach Scott Brooks-led roster.
Stay here at thunder.nba.com throughout the night for updates, and for post-draft reports after Presti and Assistant General Manager Troy Weaver comment on their decisions at the end of the night.
With the 21st pick in the NBA Draft, the Thunder selected Mitch McGary, a power forward from the University of Michigan. The Chesterton, IN native played two seasons in Ann Arbor, playing in 47 games for the Wolverines. In his two seasons, McGary averaged 20.6 minutes per game, 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, including 4.4 offensive rebounds, per contest while shooting 58.8 percent from the floor.
McGary is 6-foot-10, 255 pounds and is a physical, high-energy big man who played in the Big 10, one of the most highly competitive conferences in the NCAA. During his freshman year, McGary was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team and started all six of the Wolverines’ tournament contests that season. Heading into his sophomore year, he was a preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the USBWA’s Oscar Roberson award. During his career, McGary recorded 7 double-doubles and was a part of two Michigan teams that compiled a 59-17 record.
With the 29th pick in the NBA Draft, the Thunder selected Josh Huestis, a small forward from Stanford University. The Great Falls, MT native started all 36 games during his senior season, averaging 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in 35.2 minutes per contest while shooting 33.8 percent from the three-point line.
During his four year career in Palo Alto, Huestis played in 125 games, averaging 25.0 minutes, 7.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. His senior year, the 6-foot-7, 230-point forward earned a Pac-12 Defensive Team selection for the second consecutive year and registered 69 blocked shots, increasing his Stanford-record to 190 career blocks. Huestis also earned a Pac-12 Defensive Team Honorable Mention selection during his Sophomore year.