Mar 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) dribbles during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Draft: James McAdoo still embodies raw potential

James McAdoo is projected to go in the late second round of the 2014 NBA draft, possibly to the Suns. Let’s see why Phoenix should pick him.


Potential and fluidity are the two key attributes of prospect James McAdoo. While a bit undersized at the power forward position, McAdoo has a large frame with a great wingspan and excellent athleticism. He plays with intensity, hustling for loose balls and making that extra play to help his team. The former North Carolina big man has that excellent quickness for a frontcourt player, which enables him to defend the pick-and-roll well and score facing the basket.


McAdoo hasn’t produced what it seemed like he should have. His efficiency is sub-par all over the court and sometimes he gets hesitant or indecisive on offense. He needs to rebound better for his size and position, and considering a 7-foot-2.25 wingspan, his nine boards per 40 minutes is on the low end of where it should be. Adding weight to his 228 pound frame would certainly help.


McAdoo will probably make it on an NBA team, but will have to put in the work on the offensive end to make an NBA’s rotation. He has a decent shot, which allowed him to score 18.9 points per 40 minutes. All the characteristics of a great player are there, just not the productivity. He has a “high floor” and a high upside but will need to develop into a consistent offensive threat before he can make an impact in the NBA.

How he could fit with the Suns:

If McAdoo comes to Phoenix in the second round, he’ll be somewhat of a project and have to earn his way onto the roster. With the Morris twins and (likely) Channing Frye back, there’s obviously not much playing time. McAdoo could be a D-League project who may receive a call-up here or there because of injury — at least until he develops a grasp of playing as a post threat against professionals.

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