Chris McCullough suffered an ACL tear in his freshman season at Syracuse, but that didn’t stop the Brooklyn Nets from taking the big man with the 29th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
McCullough was placed in the lottery midseason by many draft outlets, and it’s easy to see why. At 6-9 with a 7-3.25 wingspan, McCullough has ideal measurements for a power forward and used his length in Syracuse’s zone to accumulate blocks and steals (2.1 and 1.7 per game, respectively). He has the lateral quickness to potentially guard multiple positions.
But McCullough must prove he’s healthy and regained all that made him such a promising prospect. He desperately needs to add strength to his frame, weighing in at just 199 pounds at the combine. He’ll also need to add range to his jumper, and he should work on his handle to help take advantage of his elite speed and athleticism against other power forwards.
Overall, McCullough is an intriguing young prospect who had an inconsistent freshman season at Syracuse before suffering a season-ending injury. If his health checks out, his best basketball remains in front of him as he has potential to grow into a quality NBA player, and the Nets need quality young talent in the worst way.
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2014-15 stats: 9.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 1.7 spg (47.8 FG%, 56.3 FT%)