26. Denver Nuggets select Jared McCain
The Blue Devils have a crowded backcourt, and the freshman struggled in his first eight games. Since a 21-point outing against Charlotte on Dec. 9, McCain is averaging 17.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.0 steal in 31.0 minutes per game. He is shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 45.7 percent on his 3-point attempts over those seven games.
The 6’3 guard has shown some passing and playmaking ability. He must grow that part of his game and prove to be a consistent shooter if he wants to be selected in the first round. There are flashes, but McCain must make it happen every night on both ends of the floor.
There are significant defensive questions for the 6’3 guard. NBA teams will hunt him in pick and rolls. McCain competes hard on this end of the floor, but his size and limited athletic ability make it difficult.
The defending champion Nuggets are always searching for rotation pieces. Jared McCain could blossom into a high-level backup point guard. Having him run the offense and space the floor could help the Nuggets second unit, especially if Reggie Jackson departs. McCain will need time to develop, but the 19-year-old could become a key rotation piece in the Mile High City.