Sean May Draft Capsule
VITALS: 6-9, 266, North Carolina
OVERVIEW: May’s stock rose in the NCAA Tournament, when he was named Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four. He averaged 22.3 points and 10.7 rebounds and shot 67 percent in six NCAA Tournament games. May set a UNC record with 397 rebounds and became the first Tar Heel to post eight straight double-doubles since Mitch Kupchak in 1975-76. An All-ACC first teamer, May ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding (10.7), third in scoring (17.5) and shooting (.567).
LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: May can relax in the NBA’s Green Room while Bogut, Williams and the point guard trio picks up their logo caps. Then things start to get interesting. He is the best low-post scorer in the second group that begins after the point guards are gone. Charlotte would love to get him at No. 13, but there’s no guarantee that May will still be around. The Lakers (10) and Orlando (11) could each use his polished low-post game to go along with their more athletic forwards.
COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Elton Brand
COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Samaki Walker
ROLE PROJECTION: Starting power forward.
POSITIVES: May has the strength, shoulders and caboose to be effective against taller, rangier power forwards. He knows how to carve out space on the block, hold his position during an entry pass, and make a decisive move to the rim. He has excellent hands to catch passes in traffic, and he is a vastly improved free-throw shooter, important because that is where he is likely to make his living.
SHORTCOMINGS: May is not unathletic but does not have jump-out-of-the-gym leaping ability. There will be a learning curve for him when he goes up against the Kevin Garnett/Jermaine O’Neal-type power forwards who can sky, but if Elton Brand has figured out how to score against them, May can, too. Weight has always been an issue for May, but he is a hard worker on the court and there is little to suggest he would let this become a career problem.