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Mitch McGary

Does anyone think his strong showing in the tournament so far could prompt McGary to declare for the 2013 draft? Of course, it is just a few games, but McGary's showing against Kansas' front line tonight has been extremely impressive. He has showed great strenth and touch, and rebounded extremely well against a future NBA center.

Of course, Withey's shot blocking attempts have probably helped McGary's rebounding numbers and one game doesn't make everything. This is a very strong class of centers and McGary's production for the year is underwhelming, although not bad for his minutes played. I would guess some team in the 1st round would pick him up.


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It certainly could

He's a lock for the 1st round whenever he declares, but Hardaway Jr and Lil Big Dog follow Burke, it might in fact be in Mc Gary's best interest to leave. If he does declare, I think he starts to come into play around the same time Plumlee, Gobert and Austin will and I could certainly see him getting picked in the top 20

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For as much difficulty he had

For as much difficulty he had with Withey guarding him one on one, he had probably more success running the pick and roll, which is very prominent in the pro game. He's got a solid IQ, I could see him developing into a Boozer type player.

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everybody has difficulties

everybody has difficulties with withey. hes one of the best interior defenders in the ncaa.

but mcgary is the man.

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I wasn't bashing him, he

I wasn't bashing him, he killed on the pick and roll. That's all I said, Boozer was an All-Star, I don't get where you thought I was slighting him.

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Nick Collison

RIght now I see him as a less polished version of Nick Collison. Think back to Nick Collison coming out of Kansas not the role player he has become with the Thunder. I see McGary as a hard working, high basketball IQ role player but without the elite skills or athleticism to become a true starting level player.( On a championship level team of course)

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I see more of the way Luke walton is playing forthe cavs now

dirty work! rebounds, picks and really good passing from the PF spot. Obviously there bodies are different, but that is probably the closest skill wise/intangibles.

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I see another Andy Varejao.

I see another Andy Varejao. Hopefully without the injuries.

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The Varejo comparison is

The Varejo comparison is nice. A little smaller maybe, but is the ultimate banger, hustle guy, and has some uses in a pick and role.

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Big man!

Talk about a coming out party! Mr. McGary is having himself a tournament. He has put up some big double doubles in his past 2 games against teams that are NOT defensive slouches. Mitch's touch around the hoop is real nice. His motor is unquestionable and he hits those offensive boards. He reminds me of a current David Lee, but with more potential. He has great size for a 4, smooth lefty with great finishing ability with his off hand, and an underrated mid-range game. He could definitely go lotto this year as the only true PF through the first 15 picks (Bennett will have to become a SF in the L due to lack of size/height). There is really a lack of PFs in this years draft....
If I were a lotto team and McGary was coming out, I would probably reach for him if I didn't have a solid backup PF.
Another year of polish in college being a 1st or 2nd offensive option can only improve his stock.

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McGary averages a rebound

McGary averages a rebound every 2 minutes,set the meanest picks and finishes great around the rim...Michigan's coaching staff has done a great job of bringing him alone slowly to start the season...And he's rewarding them by dominating at the perfect time....

I like that Varejo comparision,but McGary will score more points.....

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He's a spark-plug

He's a spark-plug that impacts the flow of the game which is pretty rare to find especially in this years draft, now I'm not calling him a top ten pick but he should ride this momentum and milk it as much as he can because if Burke, GRIII and Hardaway Jr. all declare, his stock won't as high due to the stacked 2014 draft class next year and due to the stronger landscape I'm not sure that he, Stauskas and the incoming Zak Irvin can repeat this kind of feat.

My concerns with McGary are how far does his heart go will it become a hindrance in big game situations also can he outwork NBA players, it's one thing to be more active than most NCAA players but everyone in the NBA will be as athletic or more so and will work just as hard, to be fair McGary is a pretty solid athlete and runs the floor really well. My final concern with McGary is he's still quite raw with no solid refinement in his post game and is a very poor free shooter despite having a good form, the latter is an encouraging sign for him.

I could honestly see him work out against Zeller, Plumlee and Olynyk and give them a run for their money come draft workouts and should gain some admirers with how hard he plays. As for comparisons, I like Siggy's comp and see the similarities I'm not sure if McGary is as versatile defender as Varejao though.

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I think he has the potential

I think he has the potential to be a defender like Varejao because he has really good feet for a big. He moves really well laterally, but he can be overly aggressive and over-commit. He has the mobility and he has the "want-to" to be a really good defender. He also has the strength to battle in the post and he'll give up the body to draw fouls. He'll never be a shot blocker, so he won't protect the paint in that regard, but he'll rotate over and cut off angles like AV does.

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Perspective

While I love McGary's energy and surprising touch around the basket the answer is an emphatic NO on whether he should leave. Most of his points were set up by Trey Burke's penetration into the lane, drawing defenders, and dumping it off so that McGary could finish. A lot of his offensive rebounds were because 2 defenders helped over on Burke and he was there to clean up the misses.

Now, I say no based upon that but in today's NBA...where they evaluate players emotionally (at times) I wouldn't be surprised that a freshman who struggled most of the year and has only started his last like 5 games would jump in the draft.

If McGary was catching the ball on the block and scoring with his back to the basket then that is a very different conversation we can have.

But what he did was play garbage man and play strong and physical. It would be a mistake for him to leave and an even bigger mistake for a team to take him with a high pick.

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just to say guys, this is a

just to say guys, this is a 20 year old freshman. his body is that of a junior in college. not taking anything away with his performance against kansas, but as far as seeing him in the NBA, it'll be tough for him to sell his potential to scouts due to his advanced age and not being an athletic freak. i really did enjoy his attitude to go against whitey despite being blocked several times. just great character you love seeing in college

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I'm not sure what you're

I'm not sure what you're getting at. Do you think he'll play any less of a physical, high energy style in the NBA?
The selling points of his potential aren't his ability to be a dominant low post, back to the basket scorer or a go to scorer at all really. He projects to be a high level, high energy role player and banger who'll defend, eat glass, finish and do the dirty work. That can still be a highly valuable, highly productive player. He can achieve that without being an athletic freak. That's pretty much what Joakim Noah's been and he's an All-Star. Varejao was well on his way to being an All-Star as well if it wasn't for injury.

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Pessimist

Isn't that more of an argument for him to leave? His stock will probably never be higher for exactly those reasons, not to mention next year's draft has the potential to crazy loaded. He has a real chance to work his way in front of Plumlee and Withey in that late lotto-mid 1st round area. That's about as high a non-guaranteed NBA starter could realistically hope to get drafted next year.

Take a look at what has happened to Cody Zeller's stock. He would've been in the running for a top 5 slot in a much better draft last year. He comes back, plays virtually the same and now he's dropping to the back end of the top 10 in a bad draft.

I think McGary should ride the momentum and get the clock running on his first contract. Whatever team nabs him will fall in love with the heart, hustle and muscle he brings.

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