Can Mac McClung stay in the NBA? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Wizards select midway through the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft. Whether they trade up, down, or stay firm at No.15, here is the latest in our series on draft hopes that the Wizards might consider selecting.
2021 NBA Draft Outlook Snapshot: Mac McClung
School team: Texan technology
Position: SG / PG
Wingspan: N / A
Statistics 2020/21: 29G, 15.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 41.9 FG% (5.1 / 12.2), 34.3 3PT% (1.6 / 4.7), 79.3 FT%
Player comparison: Monk Malik
Projections: NBC Sports Washington N / A, Ringer N / A, Unwritten NBADraft.net, Unwritten Bleacher Report
5 things to know:
–Every basketball fan has seen Mac McClung’s highlights at this point in his career, and it doesn’t take long to notice his athleticism and naturalness as a goalscorer. He displays a variety of movements to reach the basket and make his jumper take off at mid-distance and behind the arc. He has the potential to be a dangerous offensive weapon to the next level if he can carve out a consistent role for himself.
– McClung has a crisp-looking shot he’s comfortable shooting in dribble-pull-ups or around screens and spotting. He’s been forced into many tough pull-ups over his three college seasons, which could explain his relatively inefficient shooting percentages. The point is, his rider looks a lot better and more consistent when he spots, which may help his prospects in the NBA as that’s likely the role he’ll find himself in at the start.
–After transferring from Georgetown after his sophomore year, McClung had a much better season at Texas Tech. He was still a main offensive option, but he didn’t have to be all and more for this team like he was with the Hoyas. This bodes well for his ability to produce as a role player at the next level.
– As talented as McClung is as a goalscorer, he’s still a shooter stuck in a point guard’s body. This lack of size and strength will likely hamper him on both sides of the field against the best in the NBA. He will have a harder time creating space on offense and his team will likely have to hide it in defense due to a lack of positional versatility.
– McClung has shown flashes of good college play here and there, but there are far too many bad passes and unforced turnovers for anyone to be confident in their ability to lead traffic and execute an NBA offense. He’ll have to improve as a passer to open up the rest of his game, otherwise he’s likely just going to be a back-up shooter who’s a minus in defense.
Adapting to wizards:
The Wizards aren’t exactly in a position to turn down good shooters, so acquiring McClung in the second round or as an undrafted free agent wouldn’t be the worst decision.
Washington could get him on the cheap, put him in a two-way contract, and pitch him to the NBA as a sniper and side playmaker. McClung could help the Wizards with his shot and give them some long-term potential if he can fully realize his potential on the attacking side of the pitch.