With word breaking that former Michigan Wolverines star Mitch McGary was ready to begin workouts for NBA teams, speculation began concerning what teams, especially at the bottom of the first round or top of the second round, would be interested in his services. On Friday, McGary finally hit the court in a workout with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tarik Black, Sean Kilpatrick, Mitch McGary, Philipp Neumann, Johnny O’Bryant & Nick Russell round out today’s #BucksDraft workout.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 20, 2014
Because it was the first time that anyone had seen McGary on the court since he had back surgery while at Michigan, this was a significant appearance for the former projected lottery pick. The 6-foot-10 big man had an explosive freshman campaign in helping to lead Michigan to the 2013 National Championship Game, but he elected to return to school despite skyrocketing draft projections, and it cost him dearly in terms of value.
McGary contemplated returning to Michigan for a third season, but he was forced to declare for the 2014 Draft after being issued a one-year suspension for marijuana use. At this point, he is considered a fringe first round pick (despite rumors that he may have been issued a guarantee in the 20′s), and Draft Express currently tabs McGary as the 30th overall selection to the San Antonio Spurs. Frankly, that would be the perfect place for a hard-working, high-motor big man, but NBADraft.net projects McGary to the Detroit Pistons with the 38th pick, and that would not be quite as ideal.
Mitch McGary’s final landing spot in the 2014 NBA Draft is up for grabs, but it is exceedingly positive to see him on the court again.