Rashad McCants Draft Capsule

VITALS: 6-4, 207, North Carolina

OVERVIEW: A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer as a sophomore after leading the conference in scoring at 20 points per game, McCants fell to a third-team selection this year, missing four games with an intestinal disorder. The shooting guard averaged 16 points and three rebounds and shot 49 percent from the floor, including 42 percent from the arc. He averaged 17 points and made half of his 30 3-pointers in the NCAA Tournament, garnering a spot on the Final Four All-Tournament Team. McCants finished tied for second in school history with 221 3-pointers made, making at least one in 46 of his final 48 games.

LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: It will be interesting to see at what point teams cast aside some the negative whispers about McCants’ prickly personality and decide his talent is worth the possible side effects. Our guess is that McCants is not chosen in the top 15 but comes into play soon after. Indiana at 17, Memphis at 19 and Denver at 20 and 22 are all possible destinations.

COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Sidney Moncrief

COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Derek Anderson

ROLE PROJECTION: Starting shooting guard.

POSITIVES: McCants is a pure shooter, one of the very few to come from the college ranks in recent years. He is a good enough athlete to create shots for himself, but his real value at the NBA level may be that he has the kind of stroke where he can catch and shoot and make a very high percentage. He has easy range beyond the college 3-point line. In three seasons at North Carolina, he never shot below 41 percent from the arc. McCants is also a much better athlete than given credit for.

SHORTCOMINGS: McCants has had well-documented trust issues with teammates, sometimes leading him to try to do too much himself. Despite that question about his game, he got along well enough with teammates to be a big part of North Carolina’s national championship team. Most who spent time around him feel that his intensity can be channeled in a positive direction by the right coaching staff.


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Updated Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005