Josh Huestis 2017-18 player preview: The forgotten entity

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OKC Thunder forward Josh Huestis

TULSA, OK- OCTOBER 3: Josh Huestis

With the 2017-18 season fast approaching, it’s time to preview one of Oklahoma CIty’s unknown commodities: Josh Huestis.

Most NBA fans know of Josh Huestis, the NBA’s first draft and stash player after being selected 29th overall in the 2014 draft. The 4-year product out of Stanford has been given limited opportunities to shine, stuck behind a deep wing rotation since his arrival in OKC. Coming out of college, Huestis was named to the Pac-12 Defensive Team in his junior and senior seasons. He left Stanford as the all-time leading shot blocker in Cardinal history. His defensive skills were of the highest order however, his offensive game lagged severely behind.

After three years of work, Huestis looks to have finally cracked some minutes in the rotation. This offseason, he has shone in his playing time. In 4 preseason games, he averaged 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 16 minutes per game. Although he only shot 29 percent from the field (10/29), he landed 41 percent from beyond the arc (7/17).

Huestis’ future beyond this year is unknown. OKC controls his contract over the next two seasons with a player option 2018 and a qualifying offer in 2019. This is a big year for Huestis so lets take a look at what he needs to do.

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