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The Thunder have drafted a crazy amount of talent since becoming an organization in 2008. One of the most talked about picks in recent years is Josh Huestis, who was drafted as the 29th overall pick by OKC in 2014. Huestis went to C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana. Growing up he always knew he wanted to be an NBA player. His goals were to win a state title, play division 1 basketball, and then play in the NBA. He has now accomplished all of his dreams, but he is not satisfied just yet.

Huestis played college basketball at Stanford from 2010-2014. During his four years at Stanford he averaged 7.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team his junior and senior year. By the end of his career at Stanford he was the all time leader in blocked shots.

After being drafted, he was assigned to the D-League where he played 46 games for the Oklahoma City Blue in 2014. During that season he averaged 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. Huestis made his NBA debut on March 24, 2016, wearing jersey #34, where he recorded 3 points in five minutes off the bench.

Josh Huestis has a tremendous amount of potential. While his strong suit is defense, he also has the opportunity to be a scorer. That should change this season as the Thunder will have a void at the small forward position. This will be his chance to step up and fill the spot. It is unlikely to see Huestis as a starter this season, but I would expect to see him in the regular rotation before the year is over.

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