Although the 2014 NBA Draft is very deep and has a few potential superstars, shooting is not one of the draft’s strong suits.
However, there a couple of shooters who stand out -former Michigan Wolverines’ swingman Nik Stauskas and former Creighton Blue Jays’ forward Doug McDermott.
According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, the Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings all watched McDermott and Stauskas work out on Wednesday.
Kings, Nuggets, Wolves, Warriors all watched Doug McDermott and Nik Staukas workout in Chicago yesterday
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 19, 2014
The Nuggets own the 11th-overall pick, the Timberwolves pick 13th and the Kings hold the eighth-overall pick. The Warriors’ appearance seemed strange since they do not own a first round pick, but they are reportedly trying to pry the 13th-overall pick away from the Timberwolves in a potential trade for Kevin Love.
McDermott, who won the Naismith Award as the country’s best player, put up a career-high 26.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for the Blue Jays. He shot 52.6% from the field, 44.9% from beyond the arc and 86.4% from the free throw line. He measured in at 6’7.75 and 218 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’9.25 He is ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the draft by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.
Stauskas put up 17.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. He shot 47.0% from the field, 44.2% from beyond the arc and 82.4% from the free throw line. At the NBA’s Scouting Combine, he measured in at 6’6.5 and 207 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’7.75. He is currently ranked as the 14th-overall prospect in the draft.