San Antonio Spurs Draft Prospects: Chris McCullough

By George Middleton

Chris McCullough: 20-years old, Syracuse PF/SF

Draft Express Measurements: 6″9, 199-pounds, 7″3 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 2.1 blocks, 1.7 steals, 48% field goals, 56% free-throws, 1-1 threes, 28.1 minutes

Quick Season Review: The 20-year old freshman came out of nowhere early on in the season, before his year ended with a knee injury. McCullough ranked 24th in the ESPN 100 rankings for high school basketball players of the 2014 class. In the first eight games, he averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds in 35 minutes a game. In his last seven games, he averaged 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 24 minutes. The dip in production wasn’t too surprising considering the competition got better and his minutes lowered. The standout game for McCullough was against Iowa, when he went for 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Strengths: McCullough is a terrific athlete and has good speed. At 6″9 he can play either forward spot, especially with his wingspan. His strength comes at the defensive end, where he is a versatile defender that can fill up the stat sheet with nearly 2 steals and 2 blocks. McCullough also has a solid mid-range game for his size that can translate to the NBA.

Weaknesses: McCullough needs to add on more weight, as he only weighs around 200 pounds, especially if he wants to play power forward. While McCullough has versatility on defense, he is certainly a tweener, because he doesn’t have enough range for a wing and enough weight for a power forward. McCullough can surely benefit from adding a three-point shot and improving his decent passing ability.

Where He Would Help Spurs? 

McCullough would add versatility and athleticism to an aging Spurs team. Playing behind Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw will certainly go a long way for a player that has a potential to be one of the “steals” past the lottery. A “project” type player will certainly help the Spurs as their rotation usually consists of veterans.

NBA Comparison: Earl Clark 

Similar to Earl Clark, particularly when Clark was a freshman at Louisville. Both aren’t particularly great at anything, but have ability to fill up blocks and steals statistics. They can defend both forward spots and lacked three-point range.