Michigan‘s Mitch McGary may have only appeared in eight games last season after having surgery on his back, but he is still expected to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls will be looking to add another big-man to their roster, and McGary may be a possible fit to back up Joakim Noah.
McGary entered the draft after facing a season-long suspension for testing positive for marijuana in March 2014. On the court, McGary had a breakout 2013 NCAA tournament where the Wolverines reached the National Championship. Against VCU, he scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and then in his best game, he scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds against Kansas.
McGary was one to hustle and do the dirty work, fitting the profile of a player the Bulls like to draft. He plays with a great deal of energy, something Bulls fans have come accustomed to with Noah and Taj Gibson, and if we’ve learned anything from them it’s that you can’t measure heart. While McGary doesn’t possess off-the-charts athleticism, he can run the floor and get easy baskets in transition.
Other than his hustle play, his biggest strength may be finishing around the rim. McGary’s offensive opportunities will come off pick-and-rolls and put-backs. He plays within himself and doesn’t need to be fed the ball to be successful. However, in the NBA, McGary will need to work on his mechanics around the basket. His defense also has room for improvement.
His energy, rebounding and basketball IQ will be what he will have to rely on to be an effective role player. He does all the little things that coaches love. McGary could have used another year or two in school, but his upside may be too great to pass up for any team including the Bulls.