Once again, Sam Presti shocked us all last night.
With Kyle Anderson, Clint Capela, and Shabazz Napier all available at 21, Presti did the un-thinkable and drafted Mitch McGary, whom supposedly had a promise from the Thunder, with the 21st pick.
What does this mean? Was this a good decision? How good is he?
McGary is an interesting prospect, because there are some question marks around him. This year, he averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, but didn’t appear in Michigan’s last 29 games due to a back injury. He would of returned for the 2014-2015 season, but would be suspended for testing positive for Marijuana. In the 2013 NCAA tournament, McGary absolutely exploded, which is when his stock really took lift.
After watching some film on McGary, he seems like he runs the floor pretty well for his height(6′ 10”). Now, he isn’t the greatest athlete and looks a bit slow at times. However, the 263-pound forward has a great motor and has great footwork. He rebounds well, mobile power forward, and is really good in a pick-and-roll scenario. I ponder about how well he can shoot the ball, and how well he can defend. We will have to see how his game translates to the NBA.
But can he produce right away? When will he be ready to play? What does this mean?
There is no doubt McGary is a good talent. However, I’m not sure how ready he is to contribute, and if there is even a rotation spot for the former Michigan Wolverine. With Collison’s contract expiring after this year, he could be the long-term replacement. Both posses a high IQ, and have similar qualities.
In terms of next year, don’t be surprised to see McGary spend a majority of his season in Tulsa. He can develop there, and be ready to go for the 2015-2016 season, if Collison is gone.
Overall, I wasn’t happy at first with the pick, but am starting to understand Presti’s logic. After all, did we really like the Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka selection at first?