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2016 Houston Rockets Draft Prospect Series: Patrick McCaw

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Feb 10, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UNLV Rebels guard Patrick McCaw (22) reacts after making a three point shot against the San Jose State Spartans during the second half at Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UNLV Rebels guard Patrick McCaw (22) reacts after making a three point shot against the San Jose State Spartans during the second half at Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 64-61. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2016 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday June 23rd with the Houston Rockets selecting 37th and 43rd. With that Space City Scoop is featuring a Draft Prospect Series covering 60 of the top ranked prospects. Next up is Patrick McCaw

Draft Prospect:

Specifics:

  • Height: 6’7″
  • Weight: 181 lbs
  • Country: America, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Age: 20.6
  • Reach: 8’4.5″
  • Wingspan: 6′.10″
  • College or Pro League: UNLV, Sophomore
  • Stat line: 31  Games,  14.5 Points Per Game, 5.2  Rebounds Per Game, 3.9 Assists Per Game

Current Rank:

Please note, the rankings below come from the most up to date versions as the time of writing. That said not all the mock drafts provide second round ranks or updates often only extend to the end of the first round.

Therefore, if you check a ranking and note the number has changed it’s likely due to updates and a shift in the rankings.

ESPN Chad Ford: 26

 

Draft Express: 41

NBA Scott Howard Cooper: 40

Bleacher Report: 38

The Skills:

As per NBA.com David Aldridge‘s  review of McCaw points to his defensive prowess:

"“I think he’s a real sleeper,” one veteran birddog said. “Terrific hands, quick feet, good size, really good anticipation ability. I think he could be a real nice NBA defender, in the mold. Plays with energy. He’s not the most physically imposing kid — he’s very, very thin. But when you’re that quick and that long and that big, you can make some things happen on the defensive side.” Corey Brewer"

Weaknesses:

As per Draft Express:

McCaw was very inconsistent from game to game, and certainly doesn’t look ready to step into a major role anytime soon at the NBA level. But at the same time, the growth he’s shown in the last two years has been very impressive considering where he started (completely off the map as a high school recruit), and he shows many of the characteristics teams look for in a shooting guard position, with his size, length, athleticism, shooting ability, passing and defensive potential.

Depending on how his workouts go, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team take a gamble on McCaw in the first round, as he has significantly more potential than you typically expect to find at that slot in the draft. The team who picks him will need to be very patient with his development, though, as it will likely be a few years until he’s ready to contribute on a team looking to win games.

Honors and Awards:

  • Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors
  • Named to the All-Defensive Team.

The Fit:

More from Space City Scoop

With  super star James Harden inked into the shooting guard position the Rockets won’t be apt to use one of their tw2o draft pics for a shooting guard.

Further with most draft boards have McCaw going around the late 30 to early 40 picks which is where the Rockets select.  But, why would Morey use one of his two picks for a player who’ll need time to develop and can’t contribute immediately.

The answer is he won’t!

Next: Draft Prospect Guerschon Yabusele

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Next: Draft Prospect Demetrius Jackson

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