James Michael McAdoo arrived in Chapel Hill to loads of expectations.
Besides his last name, the 6-foot 9-inch power forward’s raw physical tools are part of what made him so attractive to the Tar Heels. Even though his height is only average for NBA power forward, he does have a 7-foot one-inch wingspan and his strength and activity on defense is impressive.
But other than physical tools, McAdoo has shown very little during his time at UNC to make people think he could be a quality NBA player. McAdoo was once touted to be a lottery selection. Had he come out after his freshman year at UNC, he would have been a top-15 pick.
Instead, McAdoo went undrafted. His offensive game is very raw and wildly inconsistent. His jumpshot needs work. According to Synergy Sports, McAdoo made just 21 percent of his 51 jumpers last season. The year before that, he attempted 96 jumpers and hit a mere 28 percent of them.
During the Warriors summer league, McAdoo started at the power forward position all five games. He played almost 29 minutes per game and showed qualities that could make him a useful end of the bench player for the Warriors. He averaged 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per appearance and his four turnovers per game were far too high but his defensive rating was respectable and his defense and strength could make him a possible 12th man on the Warriors bench.
The chance of him making the team is slim. McAdoo will most likely spend most of the season in the D-League, but after a solid summer league, an NBA future is not out of the cards.