NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Michigan C Mitch McGary
|05.28.14 at 9:00 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.
Weight: 265 pounds
Key 2013-14 stats: 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals
Scouting report: Back surgery ended McGary’s sophomore season and a failed marijuana test finished his collegiate career. His time in Ann Arbor didn’t end the way he wanted, but he still did enough to warrant consideration as a late first-round draft pick.
McGary’s calling card in the NBA will be his energy and intelligence. He plays without abandon on both ends of the floor, diving for loose balls and hustling for rebounds outside of his area. The 6-foot-10 big man also does a good job of making the right play, whether it’s an accurate swing pass, a well-set screen or a perfect defensive rotation.
These tools scream “glue guy,” considering his team tends to play better when he’s on the floor. But his elementary post game, average athleticism and shaky jumper certainly limit his upside. McGary won’t be a go-to scorer in the pros, but he could be a go-to role player for a coach looking to raise the energy on the floor.
A medical examination will be extremely important to determine the extent of McGary’s back injury, especially since he plays the style that he does. He may be more of a risk to re-injure the back than the average athlete, and considering he only has high-end role player upside, some teams might not be willing to take the risk on him.
How he fits: McGary would provide the Celtics with a gritty backup center who would go full throttle whenever he received playing time.
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Video: Here is a video scouting report of McGary.