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Patrick McCaw

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Name: Patrick McCaw 

Summer League Team: Golden State Warriors

Contract: 2 years/$1,448,720

2016-17 Salary: $543,471

Drafted: Round 2, Pick 38 overall in 2016

Birthdate: October 25, 1995 (21)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

College: UNLV

Years at College: 2


- Born to Jeffery and Teresa McCaw, Patrick has 5 siblings

- Parents were UNLV fans since visiting the campus during wedding trip

Agent Name: Bill Duffy

High School: Montrose Christian School

Twitter: pmccaw0

Instagram: pmccaw0

Height: 6'6.75

Weight: 181

Wingspan: 6'10

Standing Reach: 8'4.5

No Step Vert: 30

Max Vert: 38

Body Fat %: 4.7

Injury History: 

- None - confirmed by Golden State Player Development Coach Bruce Fraser

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Speaks well

- Very calm (both on and off the court)

- Grew up playing PG; unselfish

- Knows defense is the key to his success 

- Believes he is a combo guard (can play on and off ball)

- Knows he needs to improve strength (added 10+ lbs during draft process)

- Penny Hardaway is his favorite player


- Kevin Pelton's draft analytics suggest a strong correlation between players with a high steal rate in college and NBA success

- Based on Pelton's WARP (Wins Above Replacement Player) statistics, ranked as the 12th best prospect in the draft

Position: SG

Greatest Strength: Stealing

Greatest Weakness: Shooting + Strength

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 7

Speed: 7

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 9

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: 5

Jumpshot: 5

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 7

Touch: 5

Hands: 9

On ball defense: 8

Help defense: 8

Steals: 9

Blocks: 7

Pick and Roll: 

- Great at reading the pick and roll as the ball handler - averaged 4 assists in college

- Good bounce passer to roller when teams ice screens

- Needs to improve his shot off the dribble, but capable of creating space and always getting his shot off

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- McCaw has good height, long arms, and incredible stealing instincts both on-ball and in help (similar to Iguodala)

- Very high IQ player

- Should be able to guard 1-3, and with improved strength should be able to switch on 4s

- McCaw is very quick 

- McCaw is a good ball handler whose head is always up

- His shot needs some work as his release point is low and inconsistent (sometimes off his palm rather than fingertips)

- By adding size and an improved stroke, McCaw should become an elite 3D player in the league

- Showed great improvement between year 1 and 2 of college, and with his athleticism and instincts there is no reason to believe he will stop improving

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Los Angeles Lakers

- D'Angelo Russell

- Anthony Brown

- McCaw had 6 steals in the game I watched (4 in 1st quarter) - sometimes reaches but stays low and strips when opportunity is there

- McCaw is always engaged, aware, and plays hard

- Impressive court coverage - stopped penetration as the big weak side help and recovered to contest Russell's 3 pointer and force a miss

- Steals in on-ball, help, loose balls; always seemed to come up with it

- Shot release point appears to change - too much palm - not broken, can be fixed

- Incredible quickness getting around screens and using fakes to get open 

- Challenged every shot taken against him, forcing fadeaways or difficult floaters even when guarding taller players (Anthony Brown, Brandon Ingram)

- Skied for an offensive rebound over 2 taller Laker players - rebounding potential - quick off his feet, long arms and gets very high

- Smart playmaker consistently driving and kicking to open 3 point shooters - head always up

- Gets very low in stance on defense, which provides additional strength allowing him to guard bigger players

- Very aware help defender

- Avoids contact on fast break at hoop, but that should improve as his strength does

- Always made the right play; unselfish

NBA Comparison: Smaller Andre Iguodala

Team Highness on him: High - Signed June 24th the day after being drafted

Current Ability: 6

Projection as an NBA Player: 7 - Good role player, potential starter