Dec 14, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) dunks in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats at Crisler Center. Arizona won 72-70. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch McGary: An energetic big man


Mitch McGary is going to be a very good complimentary player in the NBA. He relies on getting the “dirty” points on offense, off offensive rebounds, pick and roll opportunities and running out in transition. The 6-foot-10 forward was an above 60% career finisher around the rim while at Michigan. He excelled when he played with current Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke during the 2012-13 season when the duo led Michigan to the championship game. His ability to run the court as a big man though is what has NBA scouts raving.


His jump shot is very ineffective, though, there is not a big sample size as he made his money at scoring close to the basket. His free throw shooting was atrocious his freshman year, shooting it at a 44% clip.  His effort level is very high which should make him a solid defender, but he does not offer up much for rim protection. He is kind of a tweener between a forward and a center, which could hurt him on draft night.


Will he be able to stay healthy and out of trouble? McGary missed all but eight games last season due to a back injury. Also, McGary tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA tournament and was facing a season long suspension next year, which is probably why he declared early for the NBA draft after two years at Michigan. Getting his head straight will be very important for any kind of NBA longevity.

How will he fit with the Suns?

McGary would fit in as a hustle big man off the bench, which is not really a position of need as of today. Of course, that could change if Frye opts out of his contract. The Michigan big man can make a living running up and down the court and doing the things that made him so successful at Michigan, which would make him an ideal fit in the Suns fast pace offense.

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