During the 2014 National Basketball Association Rookie Photo Shoot, the 29 pick in the first round Josh Huestis got to wear his Oklahoma City Thunder jersey while being blinded by the fact that he may never get a chance to wear it in a real game that season.
6-foot-7 Huestis, a four-year graduate out of Stanford, averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 44 games with the Blue last season.
Huestis was the first ever first round draft pick to sign with the D-League.
With Huestis, the Thunder now have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster. Huestis and the Thunder had been discussing a deal for a little while this offseason, but now they have finally come to a deal, according to Royce Young of ESPN.com.
Huestis still credits the D-League to be a great trampoline into his National Basketball Association career and notes that he would make the same decision if it had to be done again. Huestis spent his time in the D-League primarily focusing on shooting, particularly from the corners. Huestis was in Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon to sign his deal, which contains two guaranteed seasons and two option years.
Huestis has been sidelined all summer with a right pectoral injury he sustained in a weight room accident in May. For another, he profiles as a defense-first, shoot-from-the-corners-occasionally guard/small forward who doesn’t offer much versatility… and the Thunder already have a more athletic and experienced guy like that, in incumbent starter Andre Roberson.
Even if he winds up more frequently passing out towels than needing one, though, it seems like Huestis comes out of this a victor by sheer virtue of getting the kind of security he might never have seen had he not sacrificed his first pro season. I think it was the best decision that I could make in terms of my own career.