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Sam Presti has a unique talent in drafting top-notch players, no matter how high or low the pick. Some of Presti’s picks for the Oklahoma City, however, have not been quite as good or have not panned out like Thunder fans would have liked to have seen them do.

Mitch McGary currently wears #33 for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mitch was drafted out of Michigan with the Thunder’s twenty-first pick in the first round of the 2014 draft, and as of now, he occupies a roster spot for the upcoming season.

Mitch McGary has shown bright spots in his short time with the Thunder, like posting back-to-back double-doubles in only his third and fourth career NBA games. In his rookie year, he averaged 6.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg in only 15.2 mpg over the course of a mere 32 games, not playing much mostly due to a number of different injuries.

While McGary has looked like a potential consistent role player for Oklahoma City at times, he has also had his share of issues on and off the court. He’s dealt with a number of different injuries that have kept him from playing, but his most recent issue has been an initial 5-game suspension by the NBA due to a failed drug test. Two months following, he received another ten games due to his failure to comply with the league’s drug policy.

Mitch McGary’s future with the Thunder–and the NBA, for that matter–is an uncertainty at this point, but if he manages to get his personal issues sorted out and can succeed in staying healthy, he could be a great contributor to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s goals of making a deep playoff run.

Article written by Zack Low. Follow @thethunderguys on Twitter.

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