2014 NBA Draft: OKC Thunder has two picks in first round

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder drafting two players Thursday during the NBA Draft, and traded for a third Friday morning.

With the 21st pick in the draft, the Thunder selected Michigan forward Mitch McGary.

McGary, at 6-foot-10 and 255-pounds, averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds last season, but he played just eight games after electing to have back surgery. He tested positive for marijuana last season and faced a suspension, so he left after his sophomore year.

Oklahoma City might be looking toward the future at the power forward and center spots. Starting center Kendrick Perkins is entering the last year of his deal, and Steven Adams appears to be the future at the position. Reserve power forward Nick Collison also is entering the last year of his deal.

The Thunder selected Stanford's Josh Huestis with the 29th pick.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a senior last season and helped the Cardinal reach the Sweet 16. He was named to the Pac-12 Defensive Team both his junior and senior years.
 
Huestis could help fill a significant void in Oklahoma City. Starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha is an unrestricted free agent, and Huestis fits what the Thunder want from that position -- a lockdown defender who can knock down open threes.

Friday morning, Hornets general manager Rich Cho says that Charlotte has traded Xavier point guard Semaj Christon, the No. 55 pick in the NBA draft, to Oklahoma City for cash.

Christon averaged 17 points and 4.1 assists last year for Xavier becoming only the second sophomore in school history with more than 1,000 points in a season. He will give the Thunder added depth at the point guard position.

While many teams have binged on high-priced free agents, the Thunder have drafted much of the team that reached the NBA Finals in 2012 and the Western Conference Finals three of the past four years, including Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

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