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Scouting Mitch McGary: How He Fits The Thunder

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The Thunder selected Michigan center Mitch McGary with the 21st pick of the NBA Draft.  Here's a breakdown of McGary's strengths, weaknesses, and how he'll help the Thunder moving forward. 


At 265 lbs, McGary is tough, strong and likes to outfight and outhustle his opponent. He possesses a high basketball IQ and has a good idea of where to be on the floor. McGary is also extremely skilled for a big man. He is a good passer, ball handler and can hit open jumpers.

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He doesn't possess ideal length for an NBA big. 6-foot-10 is okay, but a 6'11 wingspan will certainly hinder his ability to finish longer NBA centers. If McGary were athletic, it would help to make up for his lack of length. Unfortunately, he's not.

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How he fits the Thunder

As the Spurs have proven once again, championships aren't won at the combine. They're won by filling your team with guys who can ball, and McGary can ball. He's a good player who will find a way to make an impact. With Kendrick Perkins entering the final season of his contract and Nick Collison regressing with age, the Thunder needs to replenish its post-player stash. McGary is one of the very few NBA-ready bigs in this draft and he has the talent to make the OKC rotation next season.

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